Mike Braun clarifies his claim that states should determine the legality of interracial marriage

Asked if he would “be okay” with the U.S. Supreme Court leaving the issue of interracial marriage to the states, Braun replied, “Yes, I think that’s something – if you do not want the Supreme Court to weigh in on issues like that, it will you could not get your cake and eat it too. I think that is hypocritical. ” Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court’s ruling legalizing interracial marriage in the United States, was passed in 1967.

Braun was then pressured into his view of Griswold v. Connecticut, which in 1965 found a constitutional right to sexual privacy and legalized contraception for married couples. Braun again said states should decide cases.

“Well, you can list a wide range of issues,” Braun said. “When it comes down to it, whatever they are, I would say that they will not all make you happy in a given state, but that we are better off, that states manifest their views instead of homogenizing them across. the country, as Roe v. Wade did. “

The Times of Northwest Indiana reported that Braun “initially limited” his claim that the Supreme Court had robbed states of their rights over abortion in 1973’s Roe v. Wade decision. But when a journalist asked him about other cases, including Loving v. Virginia, he reiterated his position.

Braun later clarified his comments, saying in a statement that he “misunderstood” the issues.

“Earlier in a virtual press conference, I misunderstood a question line that ended up being about intermarriage. Let me be clear on that question – there is no doubt that the Constitution prohibits any form of discrimination based on race. It is nothing. it is even up for debate and I condemn racism in any form, at any level and by any state, entity or individual, “Braun said.

In a brief interview Wednesday, Braun told CNN that he does not believe interracial marriage should be determined by the states.

“No,” said Braun.

He said he “was not paying enough attention” to the previous interrogation.

“When I first got into it, I did not want to pursue cases other than Roe against Wade,” Braun said.

This story has been updated with further development on Wednesday.

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