“You can no longer have the President saying ‘no’ to gay marriages,” he said.
“You have to have a President who can say ‘no.'”
“That’s what we have got to have in America.
We have got the President who says ‘no,'” Trump added.
“That will not happen.”
Trump also said he plans to sign an executive order barring federal contractors from discriminating against gay employees on the basis of sexual orientation.
The president’s comments come as the Supreme Court is expected to rule this month whether the Defense of Marriage Act prohibits federal contractors, including military and civilian employees, from recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.
As the high court hears arguments in the case, Trump is also expected to sign another executive order that would give the president broad authority to impose a ban on the military from issuing licenses to gay recruits.
Trump’s latest comments come amid growing pressure on the president to take a stronger stance on same-sodomy laws.
The Human Rights Campaign, which has campaigned for Trump to end the ban on gay military service, on Tuesday called on him to take action to end discrimination against gay service members.
The group’s national director, Chad Griffin, said in a statement on Tuesday that the Trump administration’s lack of action on the issue was “shameful and unacceptable.”
“We are deeply concerned that the President has yet again refused to do his job as commander in chief and uphold his promise to end this discriminatory and harmful policy,” Griffin said.