U.S. Sen. Mike Braun, R-Ind., would welcome the U.S. Supreme Court rescinding its 1967 ruling that legalized interracial marriage nationwide in favor of allowing each of the 50 states to decide such issues on its own.
Speaking Tuesday on a conference call with Indiana reporters, the Hoosier senator unambiguously declared his belief that many of the high court's key civil rights decisions of the past 70 years were wrongly decided and an improper usurpation of states' rights.
Braun initially limited his claim to the national right to abortion established by the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision he hopes the current, more conservative, Supreme Court will overturn in coming months when it rules in Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.
But, when asked by The Times, Braun admitted there are many Supreme Court decisions he believes improperly established federal rights that would be better handled on a state-by-state basis, including Loving v. Virginia that legalized interracial marriage, and Griswold v. Connecticut (1965) establishing a right to privacy concerning contraceptive use.
"You can list a whole host of issues," Braun said. "When it comes down to whatever they are, I'm going to say they're not going to all make you happy within a given state. But we're better off having states manifest their points of view, rather than homogenizing it across the country as Roe v. Wade did."
Specifically concerning interracial marriage, Braun rejected the reasoning of a unanimous Supreme Court that the freedom to marry is a fundamental constitutional right and states depriving Americans of it on an arbitrary basis, such as race, is unconstitutional.
He acknowledged leaving such a question to states is likely to lead to situations where a marriage may be recognized in one state and not in another, but he shrugged it off as "the beauty of the system."
"This should be something where the expression of individual states are able to weigh-in on these issues through their own legislation, through their own court systems. Quit trying to put the federal government in charge," Braun said.
This is a sitting US GOP senator who is telling you straight up that the Supreme Court should end federal laws and "leave it to the states to decide", the battle cry of every racist since Andrew Jackson.
Understand that this isn't a mistake or a gaffe on Braun's part, this is a sitting senator saying that the entire Civil Rights era needs to go and that states should be able to decide that your marriage isn't legal, that your sexuality isn't legal, that your womb isn't legal, and that your skin color isn't legal, and by fucking god they will end enough of us until they can get away with it.
What they want is a group of allied white ethno-fascist states where anyone who isn't a straight white Christian male has no rights.
A "confederacy" if you will.
Do we finally understand that, and the tens of millions of Republican voters who again are okay with this, that they are all a brutal problem and that they are at best going to be looking the other way when the ethnic cleansing starts in earnest?
Do you understand that voting Republican at this point may very well end the lives of people like myself and millions of others?
Does that bother you at all, in the least?