Jindal Doesn't Believe GOP Needs to Embrace Gay Rights

By Neal Broverman

Originally published on Advocate.com February 25 2013 12:21 PM ET

Louisiana's Republican governor Bobby Jindal and former Utah governor Jon Huntsman are not on the same page when it comes to marriage equality. The latter believes same-sex marriage should be legal and that resistance to it is hampering the Republican party; Jindal does not believe resistance to gay rights is weighing the GOP down.

Huntsman recently came out in support of marriage equality, saying the party will not be embraced by all if they continue to drag their feet on the issue. Speaking on NBC's Meet the Press this weekend, Jindal reiterated his opposition to same-sex marriage and said voters care about economics more than marriage.

"Look, I believe in the traditional definition of marriage," Jindal said. "We lost [the 2012 election] because we didn’t present a vision showing how we believe the entire economy can grow, how people can join the middle class. We’re in aspirational party and we need policies that are consistant with that aspirational private sector growth."