True to his word, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham has accepted the Supreme Court's ruling on marriage equality, and is urging his fellow Republicans to abandon efforts to amend the U.S. Constitution to ban same-sex marriage.
Speaking with Chuck Todd on NBC's Meet the Press today, Graham acknowledged the near-impossibility of such an amendment ever attaining the necessary amount of votes to be ratified in today's Congress.
"I don't believe there is any chance for a constitutional amendment defining marriage between one man and one woman to get two-thirds votes in the House and the Senate, and be ratified by three-fourths of the states," acknowledged Graham.
Todd asked Graham to weigh in on the GOP's 2012 party platform, which included support for a constitutional amendment that would categorically outlaw same-sex marriage. (This year, fellow Republican presidential hopefuls Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, and Mike Huckabee have advocated for such an amendment.)
"I agree with Jeb," said Graham, referring to rival Republican candidate Jeb Bush. "In my view you can put it in the platform, but it will, in my view, hurt us in 2016, because it's a process that's not going to bear fruit of those who believe that opposing same-sex marriage is part of their faith. So no, I would not engage in the constitutional amendment process as a party going into 2016."
"Accept the court's ruling," concluded Graham. "Fight for religious liberties of every American."
Watch Graham's comments below.