Former Florida Governor and probable Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush clarified his stance on gay marriage during an interview with The Brody File, a conservative show on the Christian Broadcasting Network.
Bush stated that he opposes gay marriage and supports Christian business owners who refuse to serve same-sex weddings.
"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, (a) committed child-centered family system, is hard to imagine," Bush said.
"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.” The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the constitutionality of barring same-sex marriage sometime in June.
Bush, who converted to Catholicism 20 years ago, also defended businesses that won’t serve same-sex weddings on the basis of religion. “A big country, a tolerant country, ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs,” he said. “This should not be that complicated. Gosh, it is right now.”
Despite his apparently strong position, last month Bush said he would attend a same-sex wedding if asked, although he hasn’t before.