The Louisiana Republican, who launched a longshot bid for the presidency last week, suggested that the 5-4 ruling, which made same-sex marriage legal throughout the nation, was cause for disbanding the entire Supreme Court.
“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,” Jindal said in a statement on Friday. “If we want to save some money, let’s just get rid of the court.”
“Marriage between a man and a woman was established by God, and no earthly court can alter that,” he added.
Although several other 2016 GOP candidates came out in opposition to the decision, with a few even suggesting the need for a Constitutional Amendment to overturn it, they all stopped short of advocating for what amounts to an undemocratic insurrection.
Jindal has been one of his party’s most outspoken opponents of same-sex marriage. In an op-ed for The New York Times published in April, he enthusiastically backed controversial “religious freedom” laws in Indiana and Arkansas, which some have argued could be used to discriminate against gay and lesbian couples.
“Some corporations have already contacted me and asked me to oppose this law. I am certain that other companies, under pressure from radical liberals, will do the same,” he wrote. “They are free to voice their opinions, but they will not deter me.”
In May, he signed an executive order demanding similar “religious freedom” protections for the people of his state. “In Louisiana, the state should not be able to take adverse action against a person for their belief in traditional marriage,” Jindal said in a statement at the time. “That’s why I’m issuing an Executive Order to prevent the state from discriminating against people, charities and family-owned businesses with deeply held religious beliefs that marriage is between one man and one woman.”
However, polls are increasingly showing that the majority of the American public feels differently. Meanwhile, Jindal, who has struggled to poll above 2% in early GOP primary states, has not explained how he would go about abolishing the Supreme Court.