US Senator Mike Braun has retracted his claim that the Supreme Court should not have legalized interracial marriage, saying he “misunderstood” the question put to him.
The Indiana Republican made the comment when asked about some of the Supreme Court’s biggest decisions, such as Roe v Wade, and whether those issues should be left to the states.
“Earlier, during a virtual press conference, I misunderstood a line of questioning that ended up being about interracial marriage, let me be clear on that subject: there is no question that the Constitution prohibits discrimination of any kind based on race, that it is not something that is even up for debate, and I condemn racism in any form, at any level, and by any state, entity, or individual,” he said in a statement Tuesday night.
Braun had drawn criticism when he projected a states’ rights view when asked about Loving v. Virginia, the 1967 decision that legalized interracial marriage in the United States.
“When it comes to problems, you can’t have both,” Braun said during a conference call with newspapers in his home state, according to The Indianapolis star.
“When you want diversity to shine within our federal system, there will be rules and procedures that are out of sync with what other states might do. It’s the beauty of the system, and that’s where differences between viewpoints in our 50 states should be expressed.”
The Republican senator was then asked if he thought states should still decide on interracial marriage.
“I think that’s something that if you don’t want the Supreme Court to weigh in on issues like that, you won’t be able to have your cake and eat it too, I think that’s hypocritical,” he said.