*Trump orders DailyMail.com reporter to sit down after refusing to say whether or not he supports same-sex marriage rights
*Promises ‘a long conversation’ via phone about the issue on Sunday
*In the past year Trump has taken both sides in the battle over the Supreme Court’s landmark decision legalizing gay unions
*He has alternatively called the ‘Obergefell v. Hodges’ case ‘the law of the land’ and said he would consider appointing justices to overturn it
*Trump insisted Saturday that ‘we have policy on’ gay rights but his campaign has published none
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump refused to answer a question about same-sex marriage during a press conference Saturday night, following his electoral split of four primary and caucus states with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
DailyMail.com asked Trump to say whether or not he favors marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples, and whether U.S. Supreme Court justices he might appoint would be expected to work toward overturning ‘Obergefell v. Hodges,’ the 2015 decision that legalized such unions nationwide.
‘We have policy on it. And I’ve said it very, very strongly,’ Trump replied, without saying what that policy is.
‘And I think you know it. And it’s all done and, you know, in a campaign how many times do I have to say it?’
Trump said in January during an interview on ‘Fox News Sunday’ that he wished the high court had left the issue to the states to resolve, and concluded that he ‘would strongly consider’ appointing justices to overturn the ‘surprising’ Obergefell decision.
That answer allowed him enough room to maneuver in a Republican primary full of rivals on the religious right, without saying unequivocally that a President Trump would work to reverse the Supreme Court.
He may need to stake out a more centrist position in a general election if the Democratic nominee works to marginalize him.
Earlier in his campaign, Trump told The Hollywood Reporter that changing the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling was a right-wing pipe dream.
‘Some people have hopes of passing amendments, but it’s not going to happen,’ he told the magazine in August.
‘Congress can’t pass simple things, let alone that. So anybody that’s making that an issue is doing it for political reasons. The Supreme Court ruled on it.’
That was still his stance in September, when he lamented the jailing of Kim Davis, a county clerk who had refused to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.
He said then that Davis should have found a way to obey the law.
‘You have to go with it. The decision’s been made, and that is the law of the land,’ the real estate titan said in September on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’
Months before that, just two days after the Supreme Court decided the Obergefell case, Trump had said on CNN that he was tilting rightward on the issue.
‘Im [for] traditional marriage. It is changing rapidly,’ he told the network’s Jake Tapper.
The Trump campaign website today spells out detailed policy positions on health care reform, trade issues, taxes, veterans affairs, immigration and gun rights – but nothing on gay unions.