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01/25/2015 12:54 pm ET Updated Jan 26, 2015

Bobby Jindal Endorses Ted Cruz's Push To Ban Same-Sex Marriage

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) said Sunday he would support an amendment to the Constitution that would enable state legislatures to outlaw same-sex marriage if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn various state bans.

“If the Supreme Court were to throw out our law, our constitutional amendment -- I hope they wouldn't do that -- if they were to do that, I certainly will support Ted Cruz and others that are talking about making ... a constitutional amendment to allow states to continue to define marriage,” Jindal said on ABC's "This Week," referring to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas).

Gay Americans are unable to marry the partner of their choice in more than a dozen states. Jindal’s home state defines marriage as between a man and a woman, and he argued that the ban on same-sex marriage was not tantamount to intentional state-sponsored discrimination.

“I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Jindal said. “My faith teaches me that, my Christian faith teaches me that. I'm not for discrimination against anybody. I know that many politicians are evolving, so-called evolving on this issue based on the polls. I don't change my views based on the polls.”

The Supreme Court this month said it would decide on gay-rights cases that seek to enable same-sex marriage across the country. The cases will be argued in April. A decision is expected in June.

About three dozen states allow people to marry their partners regardless of their sex. Courts in states led by Republicans have been among those calling for an end to bans on same-sex marriage.

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