Jeb Bush Says Same-Sex Couples Can’t Provide Loving Families, Believes in Legalizing Discrimination

jeb-bushWhen I first came across a New York Times story titled “Jeb Bush Takes Tougher Stance Against Same-Sex Marriage”, I was a bit intrigued. Not that a Republican taking such a stance is exactly breaking news, but Jeb often seems to be a little more hesitant to go full-blown evangelical conservative “gays don’t deserve equal rights” than many of his GOP counterparts.

Just a few months back, there was even word that Bush’s stance against same-sex marriage was softening and that he could turn out to eventually be the pro-gay Republican candidate.

Not anymore.

After reading his newest comments, it’s safe to say that Bush has firmly embedded himself in the tangled web of the Evangelical Christian right, hoping to win over their votes while not giving a damn about equal rights. Not only did Bush say that he doesn’t believe gay Americans should have the right to marry, but he basically said that they can’t be loving parents or provide good families for children.

“I don’t, but I’m not a lawyer, and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace,” Bush said when asked if he thought marriage was a Constitutional right.

“To imagine how we’re going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, a child-centered family system, is hard to imagine,” he continued. “Irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling, because they’re going to decide whatever they decide, and I don’t know what they’re going to do, we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage.”

Oh, but it gets even worse.

“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 should be—a core American value,” Bush said, “we have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and a dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”

In other words, according to Jeb, gay couples apparently can’t provide loving, stable homes for children. Apparently he believes they also lack the ability to love “their children with their heart and soul.” And going by these comments, he seems to think that marriage equality will eventually lead to the downfall of the United States since he doesn’t understand how “we’re going to succeed in our country unless we have a committed family life” – which he clearly doesn’t believe gay parents can provide.

He also went on to say that “absolutely” businesses should have the right to discriminate against homosexuals based on religious beliefs.

I’m really surprised his comments haven’t gotten more coverage nationally; he literally said that he feels marriage should only be between a man and a woman because he doesn’t believe gay couples can provide a “loving” family environment for children. That’s just about as hateful, ignorant and bigoted as you can get.

Then, of course, he had to top it all off with the go-to “religious freedom” nonsense when it comes to Republicans trying to legalize discrimination against homosexuals.

For a brief moment I had hope that Jeb Bush might have been that candidate to stand up to his party and embrace a more moderate stance on some of these issues. But as these ridiculous comments show, he seems to have fully and proudly embraced the bigoted aspects of his party when it comes to equal rights for the LGBT community.

Because it’s one thing to simply say you oppose marriage equality, but it’s something completely different when you cite as one of your reasons for opposing it your belief that gay couples can’t provide loving and caring families to children.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Flat Banana

    Bigotry is bigotry whether it is towards orientation or religion.

    • OMGface

      Someone save us from the blindly loyal and True believers. I mean it.

  • Guest40

    Bye Jeb. Thank you for giving one last reminder of how terrible your family has been for this Country. You should have listened to your Mother.

    • OMGface


  • Michael Davolio

    So, this means that he’s also against divorce, right? I mean, the whole “loving, caring family” thing must mandate that couples stay together “for the good of the children,” right?

    • kirtking

      No-fault divorce was the first step in building the road to meaninglessness in marriage. As the Bernie Sanders Facebook post going around, giving a quote from the Pope, says, we live in a disposable society, including marriage.

  • Equal Rights

    “He also went on to say that “absolutely” businesses should have the right to discriminate against homosexuals based on religious beliefs.”
    Just as long as the laws allow LGBT owned businesses to discriminate against the religious folks, I’m in….

    • OMGface

      Pithy. I like it.

  • OMGface

    He’s a total moron living in the Stone Age while also being Faust. It’s head exploding, it truly is….forget the repulsive, self deluded Christie who actually thinks he could get any kind of nomination now, or is qualified for anything beyond canoli testing.

  • FD Brian

    you know who else isn’t raised in loving families? Trust fund kids.

  • Kipco

    He’s blowing kisses to the primary voters who eat this type of crap up. He’s trying to appeal to the Ted Cruz/Rick Santorum wings of the GOP base, probably on orders from the GOP hierarchy who know full well neither of those clowns has a “prayer” of winning.

  • Farenheight 451

    ‘I would have invaded Iraq’, ‘Gays can’t create loving families’, ‘Americans should be able to refuse the patronage of any other person based on the whim of their opinion of them.’ Well.. so much for the 2016 ‘rematch of the dynasties’! Take your seat in the GOP clown car with the rest of the Star Wars extras Jeb. It seems maybe you just clean up a bit better than the rest of them.

  • Dean Myrick

    What’s he gonna do about all the hetero families out there that aren’t capable of giving love? And can someone tell me when this even became the government’s biz? But I guess this is much easier for him to talk about than the actions of his war criminal brothers administration, his Daddy’s oversight of MK-Ultra experiments, and his grandfather being found guilty of doing biz with the Nazi’s while we were fighting WW2. Yeah, now THAT’S a family history to be proud of!!

  • Tamarack

    How can you be surprised that the corporate media hasn’t given these hateful remarks more coverage? I’m not at all surprised. It’s exactly what I expect from those hacks.

  • chris968

    He’s just another Bush, did we really expect anything else? Even his own mother said enough is enough with the Bushes in the White House. As much as he has a right to believe what he wants, I have the same right NOT to vote for him, and I won’t be!

    The problem is when he believes it’s necessary to enforce what he believes into our government, which is what all these Evangelical morons want to do. Banning gay marriage, gay couples adopting, abortions, birth control, anything that is none of their business to begin with, yet it is all for the “morality” of the country. Perhaps instead of worrying so much about anybody else’s family, they should take a look at themselves and worry about their own family first.

  • Charley Sullivan

    Oooh, it’s a “two-fer.” He also subtly played on the imagined “crisis of the Black Family” in there as well . . . if THOSE people would just love their kids more, they’d take advantage of America’s opportunities. (Don’t look, no structural inequality problems here, while completely arguing FOR structural inequality.) Playing the black AND gay cards for the white Southern vote. #timetested #familyapproved

  • Sue Roediger

    When Gays or lesbians adopt kids ……..where do they come from? Straight couples who … fell short of the …., loving family life with a mom and a dad loving their children with their heart and soul.” and those adoptions leas to a family that, while it looks different, IS a family and DO love their children with their heart and soul.

    • rmarqua2921

      Actually you are right about adoptions, but many gays and lesbians have their biological children also! l

      • Sue Roediger

        Yes they do …. and they make loving families. Gays and lesbian are unlikely to have an “unplanned” pregnancy. So every child is wanted and precious.

  • flopdog

    lol the only guy left is going to be Lindsay Graham – who will come out right after he accepts the GOPs nomination for president.