Donald Trump has said that if he is elected to become the next President of the United States that he would “strongly consider” having the Supreme Court’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage overturned.
Speaking to Fox News ahead of the first US presidential nominating contest in Iowa, Mr Trump said: “If I’m elected, I would be very strong in putting certain judges on the bench who maybe could change things. But we have a long way to go.”
America’s highest court ruled in June last year that the US constitution provides same-sex couples the right to marry, making it legal in all 50 states.
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
Donald Trump's most controversial quotes
1/14 On Isis:
"Some of the candidates, they went in and didn’t know the air conditioner didn’t work and sweated like dogs, and they didn’t know the room was too big because they didn’t have anybody there. How are they going to beat ISIS?"
2/14 On immigration:
"I will build a great wall — and nobody builds walls better than me, believe me —and I’ll build them very inexpensively. I will build a great, great wall on our southern border, and I will make Mexico pay for that wall. Mark my words."
3/14 On Free Trade:
"Free trade is terrible. Free trade can be wonderful if you have smart people. But we have stupid people."
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4/14 On Mexicans:
"When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists."
5/14 On China:
"I just sold an apartment for $15 million to somebody from China. Am I supposed to dislike them?... I love China. The biggest bank in the world is from China. You know where their United States headquarters is located? In this building, in Trump Tower."
6/14 On work:
"If you're interested in 'balancing' work and pleasure, stop trying to balance them. Instead make your work more pleasurable."
7/14 On success:
"What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate."
8/14 On life:
"Everything in life is luck."
9/14 On ambition:
"You have to think anyway, so why not think big?"
10/14 On his opponents:
"Bush is totally in favour of Common Core. I don't see how he can possibly get the nomination. He's weak on immigration. He's in favour of Common Core. How the hell can you vote for this guy? You just can't do it."
11/14 On Obamacare:
"You have to be hit by a tractor, literally, a tractor, to use it, because the deductibles are so high. It's virtually useless. And remember the $5 billion web site?... I have so many web sites, I have them all over the place. I hire people, they do a web site. It costs me $3."
12/14 On Barack Obama:
"Obama is going to be out playing golf. He might be on one of my courses. I would invite him. I have the best courses in the world. I have one right next to the White House."
13/14 On himself:
"Love him or hate him, Trump is a man who is certain about what he wants and sets out to get it, no holds barred. Women find his power almost as much of a turn-on as his money."
14/14 On America:
"The American Dream is dead. But if I get elected president I will bring it back bigger and better and stronger than ever before and we will make America great again."
Mr Trump went on to say he disagreed with the Supreme Court decision, and instead believes same-sex marriage should be “a states’ rights issue and that’s the way it should have been ruled on,” adding: “I would have much preferred that they ruled at a state level and let the states make those rulings themselves.”
At the time of the landmark ruling, Mr Trump had refused to publicly back same-sex marriage in interviews, instead claiming to support “traditional” unions.
The billionaire has previously publicly supported the Supreme Court’s ruling, however, calling it “the law of the land”.
In September last year Mr Trump said he wished Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, had not been jailed for six days for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses, but stated that “the decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land”.