Watch as Jeb Bush moves much further to the right of his recent statements on same-sex marriage.
Having lived through the most difficult week of his yet-to-be announced presidential campaign to date, Jeb Bush on Sunday moved much further to the right on the issue of same-sex marriage, all but denouncing the legal, civil unions of two men or two women.
The 62-year old Roman Catholic told the Christian Broadcasting Network's David Brody that neither America, nor, especially, children born into poverty, can succeed without a traditional marriage society. Bush also said that he does not believe the U.S. Constitution gives same-sex couples the right to marry, regardless of what the Supreme Court rules.
"I think traditional marriage is a sacrament," Bush said, assuring CBN's Brody that he is "concerned" about "the marriage issue."
"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, a child-centered family system is hard to imagine," the former Florida Republican governor added, framing marriage as solely a religious institution.
"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."
Calling 'traditional marriage' "a core American value," Bush used the name of his hundred million dollar Super PAC as a talking point.
"If we want to create a right to rise society, where people - particularly children born in poverty, if we want to have them have a chance...we have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and dad loving their children with their heart and soul."
Bush, who has said he "personally" believes only different-sex couples should be able to adopt, and supported a 2001 federal judge's ruling of that position, did not bother to mention the 200,000 children currently being raised by same-sex parents, many of whom are not their biological offspring.
Bush has been in hot water since last Monday for saying that, like his brother, he would have taken America to war even "knowing what we know now" about weapons of mass destruction actually not being in Iraq, and the tremendous loss of military and civilian life that plagued one of our nation's longest wars. He changed his response to Monday's question every day until acquiescing on Thursday he would not have gone into Iraq.
"Do you believe there should be a constitutional right to same-sex marriage because that's the argument in front of the Supreme Court?," Brody asked.
"I don't but I'm not a lawyer and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace," Bush, quick to respond, said.
"What's interesting is four years ago Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton had the same view that I just expressed to you," he added, making a demonstrably false statement. "It's thousands of years of culture and history is just being changed at warps speed. It's hard to fathom why it is this way."
Bush over recent months appeared to have taken a more moderate stance on same-sex marriage than he did today, telling big money Silicon Valley donors "we shouldn't discriminate based on sexual orientation."
In February, Buzzfeed's McKay Coppins penned a widely-read piece titled, "Jeb Bush, 2016's Gay-Friendly Republican," in which he wrote, "inside Bush's orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements."
Clearly, that is not the case.
Video and Image Screenshot via CBN News/The Brody File
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