Sen. Graham talks same-sex marriage, gun control in News 12 visit

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Wednesday, March 26, 2013

NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. (WRDW) -- U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham stopped by the News 12 studios on Monday and talked everything from SRS to same-sex marriage.

Graham says he's worried about cuts to the Department of Energy and what that means to the thousands of families who depend on SRS for a paycheck.

Graham says he's looking for ways to avoid those cuts with money already in the budget, and he's doing something else with his own paycheck. He's taking 20 percent of his own salary and giving it to the Wounded Warrior Project and the American Cancer Society -- and urging other lawmakers to do the same.

The debate over same-sex marriage was also on the table.

"Well, things are changing regarding same-sex marriage, but it should be a debate among the people, by the people. And each state should be able to determine the way they'd like to go. I believe in traditional marriage, and I believe S.C. and Georgia would be firmly in that camp, but if other people want to go a different route, that's up to them. I just would hate to see a bunch of unelected judges decide such a fundamental issue for the country," Graham said.

As for the gun debate, Graham says he does not believe Congress will do anything to limit gun or ammo sales, but he does hope to tighten up background checks, especially where the mentally ill are concerned.