Former Florida Governor and likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush just reminded everyone that even though he might be the most gay-friendly Republican, he’s officially opposed to marriage equality.
On Sunday Bush told the Christian Broadcasting Network, “I think traditional marriage is a sacrament...To imagine how we are going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, committed child-centered family system is hard to imagine. 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.”
In the same interview Bush also said he does not believe there should be a constitutional right for everyone to marry, and that business owners should have the right to refuse to provide service for LGBT weddings, citing the case of a florist in Washington state who was fined for refusing to provide service for a gay wedding.
That case (which the florist lost) argued that the gay couple in question were being treated like second-class citizens. It prompted many to ask what would stop business owners from refusing to provide service to other groups -- like divorcees or mixed-race couples -- on religious grounds if if they were made exempt from non-discrimination laws for religious reasons.
Back in March after Indiana passed its controversial “Religious Freedom” law, which does just that, Bush said, “I think Gov. [Mike] Pence has done the right thing. I think once the facts are established, people aren’t going to see this as discriminatory at all.”
As it turns out, when it came to people’s opinions on Indiana’s law, it didn’t quite play out like that.