The right for people to be able to marry, no matter what their sexual orientation, is a hot topic in the US with many more conservative voters becoming increasingly sympathetic to gay marriage, however Jeb bush has made it clear where he stands on the issue.
During a radio interview, the potential Republican candidate for president Jeb Bush said that he did not think that the US constitution granted the right for gay marriage and added that he was fully in support of what he termed to be “traditional marriages”.
According to a report by Reuters, the Supreme Court is expected by the end of June to make a landmark ruling that could make gay marriage the law of the land or return the decision to individual states.
But this would not be favoured by Jeb Bush who said during the interview: “It’s at the core of the Catholic faith and to imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, (a) committed child-centered family system, is hard to imagine.”
He told the Christian Broadcasting Network show, “The Brody File”: “So, irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling because they are going to decide whatever they decide – I don’t know what they are going to do – we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage,” said Bush, who converted to Catholicism 20 years ago.
Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, is still yet to announce his running for the Republican candidacy for the presidential elections in 2016 but it is widely believed that he will attempt to follow in the footsteps of his father and brother before him.
If he does finally announce his candidacy the issue of gay marriage could be a difficult one for him to tackle.
According to Reuters, Jeb Bush issued a statement in January in which he said: “I hope that we can show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue — including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty.”
Jeb Bush has made it very clear where he stands on the issue and even went so far as to say during another radio interview that Christian business owners should be able to refuse, “if it’s based on a religious belief,” to provide services to same-sex couples.