New York Times:
Jeb Bush Strikes Conciliatory Note on Same-Sex Marriage

January 06 0 Comments Category: News

Jeb Bush Strikes Conciliatory Note on Same-Sex Marriage

As gay couples began to wed in Florida after a court ruling, Jeb Bush, the state’s former governor and long an opponent of same-sex marriages, struck a conciliatory note on Monday, telling The New York Times that “regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law.”

The Times had asked a spokeswoman for Mr. Bush, among other things, if he supported challenging a state judge’s ruling Monday that allowed same-sex couples to start marrying in parts of Florida.

Mr. Bush’s comments suggested a tepid acceptance of the new legal status, or at least an acknowledgment that there is little he can do to block it.

“We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law,” Mr. Bush said in a statement. “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.”

His remarks were markedly more sympathetic to same-sex marriage than comments he made to The Miami Herald on Sunday as he left a golf course.

Read more.

Write a Comment

Commenter Gravatar