Kasich doubles down, after saying he was okay with Kim Davis being jailed in secular terms, he now says he thinks she’s a bad example. Little “dust-ups” like getting thrown in jail for refusing to authorize a gay marriage may turn people away from Christianity.
Here he is on Neil Cavuto’s show:
NEIL CAVUTO: … What do you think of that whole dust-up? I remember you from the presidential debate on Fox last month saying, you know, ‘Like it or not, it is the law of the land.’ In fact, you won applause for your own comments on having gone to a gay marriage yourself. What do you make of this and how it will go, if it gets resolved at all?
JOHN KASICH: Well, Neil, my sense is when you’re a government employee, you’re an elected official. I mean, I think you’ve gotta abide by the ruling of the court. I favor traditional marriage. Ohio actually had in its constitution traditional marriage. But the court overruled it and said no, and I’ve been willing to accept it. The other thing I would say, Neil, about this whole issue, is that, you know, we have a lot of young people that have walked away who are confused or uncertain about personal faith. And one of the things that I know that’s so great about it, being a flawed man, is that thank God we have grace. So sometimes I think people — you know, you can have your personal views, it’s how you handle them. And in this case, when young people, or people who are looking at, what is religion all about, what is faith all about? When they see dust-ups like this, my concern is that they would go the other way and say, look, I don’t want anything to do with that. So I understand her concern. I don’t agree with what her decision has been. But I also think we have bigger fish to fry in terms of the whole issue of faith and what it means, because for me it means, I’ve been forgiven, I’m supposed to live a life bigger than myself, it means that I have to be aware of those that are the downtrodden and the widows, the orphans — I mean, so, that’s kinda how I look at it, Neil.
CAVUTO: So when you see Governor Mike Huckabee there, Ted Cruz there, do you think they should be there?
KASICH: Well, look, I love Huckabee, I mean, he’s a good guy — I’ve given you my position and that’s how I feel about it personally.
CAVUTO: Now, I’m sorry I wasn’t clear — they’re there, and so I’m saying, do you think they’re grandstanding politically?
KASICH: Well, do I think they’re grandstanding? No, I don’t know that these guys are grandstanding. They have strong views, and that’s fine, I just don’t have them. You know my position and that’s what I’m sticking with, and I don’t really need to comment on what other people are doing.
Maggie Gallagher is a senior fellow at American Principles in Action.