Amash: Republicans need to be 'respectful' on gay rights

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Rep. Justin Amash (R) hosts a town hall meeting in Sparta. (July 1, 2013)

SPARTA, Mich. (WZZM) -- Congress is on a break but that doesn't mean they are not working. Representative Justin Amash used this recess to talk to people living in the Grand Rapids at two town hall meetings.

In a packed room at the Sparta Library, Amash said his focus right now is stopping the NSA from accessing the phone records of Americans and told his audience about a government debt limit increase that went unnoticed.

Amash also took questions on immigration, Obamacare, corruption, and explained his concern with student loan interest rates doubling. Amash said his plan to attach student loan interest rates to something like the Treasury bond rate was rejected.

When asked about recent Supreme Court rulings on gay marriage, he had this advice for his fellow party members. "Republicans have had a negative perception from the public and have been viewed more and more as disliking people because they are part of particular groups. I don't think that is healthy and we don't have to agree on these issues to be respectful when we talk about them," says Amash.

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