In spite of some speculation that Jeb Bush had evolved on marriage he made his intentions clearly known today. Sean Hannity asked Bush if he changed his position on same-sex marriage. Bush’s response was “No. I believe in traditional marriage.” I never knew that supporters of marriage equality did not believe in traditional marriage as well. But I digress.
I have no idea whatsoever what the would-be Bush-the-Third thinks about same-sex marriage. What I do know, to a reasonable degree of certainty, is that nobody can get the Republican nomination without the support of the Christian right. And you sure as hell cannot get their support unless you are sufficiently (profoundly) anti-gay. That means no homosexual “marriage.”
In fact, even with the nomination, the candidate requires the support
of the holier-than-thou crowd to have any chance of winning the general
election. That was the whole point of the dim bulb fiasco that was Sarah Palin. Our
gerrymandered, low turnout congressional elections do not accurately
reflect the election calculus. The Biblicals can turn out to vote in staggering proportions believing that they are a godly adjunct.
Right now Jeb is giving assurances to folks like Tony Perkins, Gary Bauer and perhaps even sham candidate Mike Huckabee that he has no intention of changing his position on the matter. Should Bush be nominated odious fundamentalists will be coming out of the woodwork to get a piece of the pie.
If the Supreme Court does what I think they are going to do this discussion becomes academic. However we are left wondering just what other assurances Bush had to give them should he become President of the United States. Among those could be a vow not to sign ENDA into law should a bill be passed by Congress. Bush is no friend to the gay community. The fact that he hired a gay communications director, Tim Miller, is meaningless. Miller worked for McCain while the senator was vigorously opposing lifting Don’t-Ask-Don’t-Tell.
A Bush presidency could, and would, turn back the clock on LGBT rights.