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Trump on 60 Minutes

Trump says same-sex marriage here to stay, but not abortion

The president-elect said he was ‘fine’ with marriage equality, but that the issue of abortion will be brought ‘back to the states’

Donald Trump has spoken about some of his plans as president, including appointing justices to the Supreme Court who will bring abortion rights “back to the states”. However, he indicated that he’s “fine” with marriage equality, “because it was already settled”.

The president-elect participated in his first broadcast interview following the results on American channel CBS’s 60 Minutes. He related that he wanted to immediately deport millions of undocumented refugees with criminal records, but wanted to keep parts of Obama’s healthcare system reforms.

With regards to marriage equality, he pointed to the June 2015 ruling in the Supreme Court which saw in same-sex marriage: “It’s irrelevant because it was already settled. It’s law.”

“It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean it’s done… these cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And… I’m fine with that,” he added.

Mike Pence, the president-elect’s second-in-command, has opposed same-sex marriage consistently, and also support ‘conversion therapy’ to change people’s sexuality. He also supported a law that would allow people to deny services to others based on their sexual orientation because of their religious beliefs.

Trump seemed to flip-flop with regards to his attitude towards revising Supreme Court decisions during the interview, however. When he spoke about abortion, he described himself as pro-life, and the justices that he would appoint would be pro-life too.

“If it gets overturned, it will go back to the states,” he said when discussing Roe V. Wade, which gave women in the U.S the right to choose. Trump said that women would “perhaps have to go – they’ll have to go to another state” to get a termination.

Back in March, Trump said women should possibly face “some form of punishment” for having abortions, but backtracked to say that states should be able to take control of policy surrounding reproductive rights.

When pressed on abortion, he said: “Well, we’ll see what happens. It’s got a long way to go.”