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John Kasich thinks we need to learn to love our country’s homophobes.

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At tonight’s debate, Kasich was asked if cupcake makers should have to make cupcakes for same-sex marriage ceremonies, even if they don’t want to. Kasich, you see, has a thing for telling America’s bigoted cupcake makers to suck it up and make cupcakes for everyone.

Kasich had a tough time with this one. He stuttered a bit, and hedged, and said, “I believe in traditional marriage, between man and a woman.” But then he put on his Prince of Light and Hope crown and said that we should respect everyone’s difference and love one another, no matter what their beliefs are. In tonight’s debate, Kasich presented an inversion of his usual argument: he implied that gay couples should learn to love the people who hate and discriminate against them. It was still better than what Ted Cruz said when he was asked about religious liberty.