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John Kasich supports ‘moving on’ from gay marriage debate

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Republican presidential hopeful John Kasich told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews “the court has ruled” on same-sex marriage and he would not advocate for any efforts to ban it, even though he supports traditional marriage.

“There could be an effort to pass a Constitutional Amendment. I’m not for doing it. I’m for moving on,” the Republican presidential hopeful said Thursday in a town hall airing on MSNBC at 7 p.m. ET.

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In a landmark decision last year, the Supreme Court ruled same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. Many in the once crowded Republican presidential field opposed the ruling, and while Kasich affirmed he believes marriage should remain between a man and woman, he told Matthews that everyone should be “a bit more tolerant.”

The Ohio governor often talks about how he recently attended a friend’s same-sex marriage ceremony.

“I don’t think it’s right and the wedding that I went to, they know that I don’t agree with them,” Kasich said.

Asked by Matthews what gay couples who love each other should do, Kasich said: “They should love one another. That’s the end of it.”

This article first appeared on NBCNews.com