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Exclusive: Jeb Bush to Brody File: There Is No Constitutional Right to Gay Marriage

In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File, Jeb Bush says there is not a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. The Supreme Court will be deciding that issue next month. Watch him talk about the issue below.

In addition, Bush calls traditional marriage a “sacrament” and says, “We need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”

The Brody File interviewed Jeb Bush Saturday morning in Dubuque, Iowa. Watch below along with a partial transcription.

Also read The Brody File analysis below.


David Brody: Conservative Christians are real concerned about the culture nowadays, especially on the marriage issue. They want a candidate that is going to fight on this issue. Are you their guy? Because they are concerned about the marriage issue...

Jeb Bush: Well, I’m concerned about it as well. I think traditional marriage is a sacrament. It’s talking about being formed by one’s faith, 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, 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.

We have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul.

Brody: Do you believe there should be a constitutional right to same-sex marriage? Because that’s the argument in front of the Supreme Court...

Bush: I don’t but I’m not a lawyer and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace. What’s interesting is four years ago Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had the same view that I just expressed to you. It’s thousands of years of culture and history is just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way.

Brody File Analysis:

Look folks, let’s be clear about something here: Jeb Bush is a thinker/public policy wonk. He isn’t going to be the fire and brimstone candidate that goes for the applause lines or starts talking about Jesus at campaign events. That’s not him. If he started doing that he wouldn’t be authentic.

From my interactions and conversations with him, I see him as a dedicated Catholic who believes (correctly) that his faith requires compassion for all people. His challenge will be to convince socially conservative GOP Primary voters that his compassion doesn’t necessarily translate into capitulation, weakness, and a label as the “squishy moderate.”

He has to be careful that voters don’t see him as a candidate that gives ground on traditional marriage, religious liberty, etc.

It’s interesting because the reality is that Jeb Bush’s record as Florida governor reads like a social conservative’s dream scorecard. He championed pro-life causes like a late-term abortion ban, parental notification laws, and fought against those who wanted to pull the plug on brain-damaged heroine Terri Schiavo.

He also championed school choice and tried to protect prayers at public school events. It’s that Jeb Bush that social conservative voters want to see emerge in 2016. They want to see the Jeb Bush that was on display as governor of Florida.

What they don’t want is another politician (Bush or anyone) who is more consultant-driven than principle-driven.

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Comments on this post

# RE: Exclusive: Jeb Bush To Brody File: There Is No Constitutional Right To Gay Marriage

The constitutional language that protects those that are seeking to invalidate state bans on same sex marriage are the references to equality. People must be free to do what their conscience demands just as Mr. Bush is free to what his conscience tells him is appropriate. Until someone is trying to force their opinion on him, his rights are not being impinged, as he would apparently like to impinge others.
Left by mjc1357 on May 18, 2015 4:05 AM