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Internet Explodes After GOP Senator Says He’d Support Banning Interracial Marriage

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Sen. Mike Braun

Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) sparked the ire of the internet on Tuesday after telling reporters in a conference call he doesn’t believe interracial marriage should be legal nationwide and he would support the Supreme Court overturning decision that legalized it.

Asked if he would be okay with the Supreme Court “leaving the issue of interracial marriage to the states, Braun said: “Yes. If you are not wanting the Supreme Court to weigh in on issues like that, you are not going to be able to have your cake and eat it too.”

“We’re better off having states manifest their points of view, rather than homogenizing it across the country as Roe v. Wade did,” said Braun before reiterating that he is fine with interracial couples getting married in one state only for another state to refuse to recognize their marriage.

“This should be something where the expression of individual states are able to weigh-in on these issues through their own legislation, through their own court systems. Quit trying to put the federal government in charge,” he added.

came after he told reporters that he didn’t want a justice who was an “activist,” and that the court’s decision on Roe v. Wade was an example of such activism.

The Indiana Republican also argued that such issues should be left up to the states and that striking down Roe would bring “it back to a neutral point, to where that issue should never have been federalized.”

This prompted the question about whether he felt the same way about interracial marriage, which the court legalized in 1967, to which Braun, again, said “yes.”

Braun’s comments sparked an immediate backlash from legal experts and social media users across the internet.

“At this point, I have to ask, what are some of these Republican Senators doing??” Ben LaBolt, Biden White House advisor for Supreme Court nominations, wrote.

former Judiciary Committee counsel Eric Columbus put Braun’s comments in the context of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation.

“Senator Mike Braun says a state should have been allowed to prevent Ketanji Brown Jackson from marrying her husband,” Columbus wrote.

Social media users also wondered what Justice Clarence Thomas would say about Braun’s comments and pointed out that Mitch McConnell would be unhappy if his marriage to Elain Chao was all of the sudden “illegal.”

Braun later attempted to walk back his comments, at least as they pertain to Loving v. Virginia.