Kasich on LGBT discrimination: "Just get over it."
by Austin Stallings
Republican presidential candidate John Kasich dispelled any rumors that he might be an an ally to the LGBT community on Sunday in an interview with CNN.
Kasich on Sunday told LGBT people who face discrimination they should just get over it, third-place GOP presidential candidate who is the sitting governor of Ohio also told people of faith who oppose same-sex marriage and LGBT people to "pray for" them.
CNN's Dana Bash on "State of the Union" asked Kasich if there are any steps he "would take to try to stop states from passing" anti-LGBT, so called "religious freedom" laws. The Ohio governor responded, "No, I wouldn't," then admitted that he hadn't even "thought about" it.
These comments were made with hopes of uniting the nation under moderate views.
"There is a legitimate concern for people being able to have their deeply held religious beliefs, religious liberty," Kasich continued. "But there are also people that we shouldn't be discriminating against. We need to have a balance," he insisted.
Kasich garnered attention at the first Republican debate for taking a seemingly allied stance on marriage equality. Now it appears that he just wants everybody to calm down.
"I just wish that everybody would just take a breath and calm down, because, you see, trying to figure out how to legislate that balance is complicated, and you keep doing do-overs, because nobody gets it right," he admitted.
In his own home state of Ohio, there is no statewide law banning discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, however, Kasich did sign an executive order making sexual orientation discrimination illegal.
The Gayly 4/18/2016 @ 5:00 p.m. CDT