“The courts have decided.” -Jeb Bush
If the old adage is true and you are indeed known by the company that you keep, then Jeb Bush may actually be to the left of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the issue of so-called “gay marriage.”
Before the United States Supreme Court issued its opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, Buzzfeed noted that Jeb Bush had already packed his campaign inner circle with individuals who were sympathetic to the gay rights lobby:
“When Bush officially launches his presidential bid later this year, he will likely do so with a campaign manager who has urged the Republican Party to adopt a pro-gay agenda; a chief strategist who signed a Supreme Court amicus brief arguing for marriage equality in California; a longtime adviser who once encouraged her minister to stick to his guns in preaching equality for same-sex couples; and a communications director who is openly gay.”
One thing is certain, as with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, Jeb Bush’s opinion on the issue is definitely evolving and, as far as conservatives are concerned, it is evolving rapidly in the wrong direction.
Back in 1994 Bush penned an opinion editorial in which he claimed that advancing “anti-discrimination protections” for homosexuals was tantamount to elevating sodomy. According to Buzzfeed, the Bush team “has since sought to distance him from that piece, with a spokeswoman telling BuzzFeed that it ‘does not reflect Gov. Bush’s views now.'”
That was then and this is now. In terms of where things presently stand, like a man trying to navigate a high-wire, Bush, yet again, seems to have a problem advancing a clear message on an issue.
When recently asked if Bush supported a Constitutional amendment to define marriage as between one man and one woman, Bush spokesperson Kristy Campbell stated that Bush “does not believe amending the Constitution is the right course.”
The very next day, Bush made a rather weak attempt to walk the statement back: “I think we ought to focus, just as I said, on trying to forge consensus so we can move forward, and added what may be the most damning statement to conservative voters; “The courts have decided.”
He also said that we should all respect other “people’s commitments to long-term loving relationships.”
More evidence on Bush’s evolving stance exists. According to a recent media account, some in Bush’s inner circle are already leaking to the media that Bush’s personal beliefs now contradict his on-the-record statements from years past.
David Aufhauser, a former senior Treasury official who co-hosted a fundraiser for Bush some months back, after qualifying that he does not speak for Bush, said: “His thinking appears to have evolved.”
And Ken Mehlman, the former Republican National Committee chairman and one of the Republican Party’s most outspoken champions of “gay rights,” has been introducing Bush to donors and Buzzfeed notes that at least a dozen of the signatories to the brief that urged the California Supreme Court to overturn Prop. 8 “have either endorsed” Bush, “donated to him, or gone to work for him.”
Don’t be shocked if Bush, once he believes that winning the GOP Presidential nomination is in the bag, immediately shifts to the left and promotes himself as the “pro-gay” Republican candidate.