Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.) condemned the Supreme Court on Friday following its ruling legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.
“The Supreme Court is completely out of control, making laws on their own, and has become a public opinion poll instead of a judicial body,” the 2016 contender said in a statement.
“If we want to save some money, let’s just get rid of the court,” Jindal added.
Friday’s historic 5-4 ruling ensures that states recognize same-sex marriages under the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause.
Jindal later said that the ruling fundamentally redefined the institution of marriage.
“Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that,” he added.
He also argued that protecting same-sex marriage would open the door to discrimination against people of faith who oppose its practice.
“Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Democrats see victory in a voting rights defeat Left laughs off floated changes to 2024 ticket A year into his presidency, Biden is polling at an all-time low MORE and the Left will now mount an all-out assault on religious freedom guaranteed in the first amendment,” Jindal said of the Democratic 2016 front-runner.
“Regardless of your views on marriage, all freedom-loving people must pledge to respect our first amendment rights,” he added.
Clinton praised the Supreme Court's landmark decision on Twitter Friday morning.
“Proud to celebrate a historic victory for marriage equality – & the courage & determination of LGBT Americans who made it possible,” she wrote.
Justice Anthony Kennedy served as the swing vote, siding with the court’s more liberal members.
“It is demeaning to lock same-sex couples out of a central institution of the nation’s society, for they too may aspire to the transcendent purposes of marriage,” Kennedy wrote in his 34-page decision.
Chief Justice John Roberts, in his dissenting opinion, argued that the ruling had “nothing to do” with the Constitution.
He said the majority had bypassed the voters and lawmakers.
“Indeed, however heartened proponents of same-sex marriage might be on this day, it is worth acknowledging what they have lost, and lost forever: the opportunity to win the true acceptance that comes from persuading their fellow citizens of the justice of their cause,” Roberts wrote.
Jindal formally launched his 2016 Oval Office bid earlier this week, becoming the 13th candidate formally vying for the GOP nomination.
This story was updated at 3:16 p.m.