After an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody on Saturday, Jeb Bush may be desperately seeking a crowbar strong enough to pry his incredibly stupid foot from his incredibly stupid mouth.
“This is more about the vendor issue as it relates to do they want to provide a service for same-sex weddings. Are you okay if they don’t provide those types of services?” Body asked Bush.
In his almost comical attempt to pander to conservatives, something Bush has previously pledged he would not do, the 2016 Presidential hopeful was certain to let Brody know that conservatives “need the space to act on their conscience.”
“Yes, absolutely if it’s based on a religious belief,” Bush answered. George W. Bush’s slightly less stupid brother cited a florist in Washington who chose to discriminate against an LGBT customer who came to her for one of her offered products — in this case, flowers — as “the best example” of Christians facing persecution because of their need to persecute others.
Bush lamented that Barronelle Stutzman may “lose her business” because she refused to offer equal services to LGBT customers. Bush added that our country needs to be more “tolerant” of viewpoints like Stutzman’s — that the LGBT community does not deserve equal access to all services offered by businesses:
“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.”
“We should be able to figure this out,” Bush said. “This should not be that complicated gosh it is right now.”
Bush is right. It shouldn’t be this complicated. If a business offers a service, then all deserve equal access to it regardless of sexual orientation. It’s elementary — but sane, rational though is not exactly a hallmark of the Bush family, or of Jeb specifically.
Bush’s remarks on conservatives’ “freedom” to allow their hatred to seep from their personal lives and into their professional ones are not exactly surprising. After all, Bush was in favor of a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage when he wasn’t considering a Presidential run.
While Bush’s publicly-expressed stance on same-sex marriage has softened over the years leading up to his 2016 ambitions, he still does not support “gay marriage. In fact, his solution is that LGBT relationships could be “made more permanent through contractual obligations that set forth asset disposition and other issues.” However, same-sex relationships, according to Bush, “should be afforded the same status in the law as a man and a woman agreeing to marriage.”
As long as we don’t call it “marriage.”
Bush’s own mother said it best in 2014: “We’ve had enough Bushes” in the White House.
Watch Bush’s descent into conservative ass-kissing, below:
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