The Note: What The GOP Is Saying About SCOTUS

June 29, 2015, 8:46 AM


--HUCKABEE CONDONES CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE IN RESPONSE TO GAY MARRIAGE RULING: Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee suggested Sunday that Christians opposed to the Supreme Court's ruling in favor of gay marriage will carry out civil disobedience in response to it -- and that, if elected president, he might put up a nativity on the White House lawn, ABC's BEN GITTLESON notes. "I don't think a lot of pastors and Christian schools are going to have a choice," the a former governor of Arkansas and Baptist minister said on ABC's "This Week." "They either are going to follow God, their conscience, and what they truly believe is what the scripture teaches them or they will follow civil law." Huckabee, who has long opposed gay marriage, said Christian business owners, university presidents and school administrators could be inspired by how Martin Luther King Jr. pushed back during the civil rights movement, and that county clerks shouldn't have to carry out the Court's decision and issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples. "If they have a conscientious objection, I think they should be excused," he said.

--HUCKABEE TOOK ISSUE WITH THE RAINBOW-COLORED LIGHTS THAT LIT UP THE WHITE HOUSE ON FRIDAY: "If I become president, I just want to remind people, that please don't complain if I were to put a nativity scene out during Christmas and say,'You know, if it's my house, I get to do with it what I wish despite what other people around the country may feel about it.'"

--ANALYSIS -- ABC's RICK KLEIN: If you're going to start over, it helps to agree on a new place to begin. There's a hope among some Republicans that the end of the nation's gay-marriage debate wipes the slate clean on social issues, after a first half of the year where liberals seemed to be running up the score. The responses from GOP contenders on gay marriage are varied, though they don't run the full gamut: All of the 16 major candidates continue to oppose something that, as of Friday, is a constitutional right. From there, there's Jeb Bush, John Kasich, and Marco Rubio suggesting that the Supreme Court has effectively settled the argument, with their focus now turning to protecting religious liberty ins this context. You have Scott Walker among those backing a constitutional amendment, Ted Cruz wanting a new process to oust justices, and Bobby Jindal suggesting we should shut the Supreme Court down altogether. Then there's Mike Huckabee, who said on ABC's "This Week" that "I'm not sure that every governor and every attorney general" should simply comply with the court's edict. These are more than different shadings; these are conflicting takes on a matter of major social policy where the Supreme Court has ruled - and a majority of Americans agree. Is there any scenario where this doesn't get ugly inside a free-wheeling Republican primary - to say nothing of what that might do to the eventual nominee for the general election?

--THE "THIS WEEK" ROUNDTABLE'S ANALYSIS of the landmark Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage and health care. WATCH:

--FIVE STORIES YOU'LL CARE ABOUT IN POLITICS THIS WEEK: After a week where history was made, here's a glimpse at some of the stories the ABC News political team is tracking in the week ahead:


BOBBY JINDAL SUPER PAC RELEASES AD IN IOWA. Believe Again, the super PAC supporting the presidential candidacy of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal released a new ad over the weekend that the group says will air in select markets In Iowa (including Des Moines, Sioux City and Cedar Rapids). The ad is titled "All Americans." Brad Todd, an adviser to the super PAC said in a statement: "Governor Jindal believes America should be a melting pot, where we all bring our strengths and adopt the nation's values. He has spoken often of the need to get away from the concept of hyphenated Americans. He believes we are all Americans." WATCH:

TODAY ON THE TRAIL with ABC's CHRIS GOOD: Jeb Bush will travel to South Carolina today, where he'll visit Nephron Pharmaceutical Company in West Columbia at 12:45 pm ET. Rand Paul will be in Nevada, where he'll hold meet & greets in Reno at the Atlantis Casino at 12 pm ET, in Elko at the Elko Star Hotel Restaurant at 4:30 pm ET, in Mesquite at the Eureka Casino Resort at 7:30 pm ET, and in Las Vegas at the Embassy Suites at 10:15 pm ET. Republicans Mike Huckabee and Ben Carson will be in Baltimore, where they will address the National Sheriffs' Association. Democrats Martin O'Malley and Jim Webb will also address the sheriffs' conference.


BERNIE SANDERS PREDICTS HE'LL WIN WHITE HOUSE. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent who has risen quickly in the polls for the 2016 Democratic nomination, predicted with confidence Sunday that he'll secure the nomination and be elected president next year, according to ABC's BENJAMIN BELL. "We are going to win New Hampshire. We're going to win Iowa, and I think we're going to win the Democratic nomination, and I think we're going to win the presidency," Sanders told ABC's GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS on "This Week." Sanders said his economic message targeting the middle class would help him secure the nomination. "The American people are sick and tired of seeing the disappearance of the great middle class of this country," he said. "They're sick and tired of working longer hours for low wages while at the same time 99 percent of all new income generated is going to the top one percent."


"WILL HE RUN? BIDEN SPECULATION MOUNTS," by the Wall Street Journal's Colleen McCain Nelson and Peter Nicholas. "When deciding whether to run for office, Vice President Joe Biden has made it a practice to seek his family's counsel. That advice has included at least two members of his immediate family - his sons - urging him to run for president in 2016, Biden friends and advisers say. Before his death last month, elder son Beau Biden encouraged his father to get into the race, people familiar with the matter said. And Hunter Biden told a friend in recent weeks he, too, would like to see the vice president wage one more campaign for the White House. The Biden family's wishes add an intriguing wrinkle to a Democratic presidential race that has unfolded in unpredictable ways. But a White House official said speculation about the vice president's political future was premature during this tough time for the family."


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