In a recent interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network, Jeb Bush reiterated his stance on same-sex marriage, emphasizing his opposition.
Once more, the GOP soon-to-be presidential candidate stated, as he has before that same-sex marriage is in no way a constitutional right. The institutionalized, traditional marriage is central to the Catholic religion and its adepts.
However, placing these strong opposition statements in the broader picture, it is only natural that a Republican will fall in line with party sentiment on the matter. Only recently, Philly Schlafly explained in her staunch conservative manner that same-sex marriage, if it can be called that, is part of a masterplan to destroy Christianity and its values.
To such views, Jeb Bush added his own comment that marriage is a ‘sacrament’. Of course, analysts nationwide are split as to what Jeb Bush’s position on same-sex marriage might mean for party politics. Overwhelmingly, the balance inclines towards the image of a powerful GOP member, future presidential candidate who doesn’t change his mind when put under pressure and in the spotlight for sensitive issues.
Both a flexible approach and the power statement featured during the interview could backfire in terms of supporter base reduction. Yet, it is expected that the latter provides stalwart confidence in a defining majority.
The interview took place at a time when the U.S. Supreme Court is deciding whether to change legislation to include same-sex marriage or not. Regarding this aspect, Jeb Bush asserted that:
“Irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling — because they are 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.”
The U.S Supreme Court heard the Obergefell v. Hodges case since April in a climate of increased public attention over same-sex marriage. The U.S. Supreme Court is looking to consolidate the petitions of four same-sex couples to seek relief from Kentucky, Ohio, Michigan and Tennessee bans on marriage of same-sex couples.
During the hearings, often reference to the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution was heard. The plaintiffs are asking the Court to decide if under the provisions of the Fourth Amendment, the state ought to require licensing of same-sex couple marriage. Additionally, questions were asked as to whether the state ought to be required to recognize same-sex marriage when the lawful proceeding was performed outside a state?
Although the Supreme Court ruling is impatiently awaited by the nation and it refers specifically to same-sex marriages, it speaks thousands of other issues the LGBT community is facing. The right to free-speech clashes with freedom of religion and conservatives across the U.S. are changing the spotlight to illuminate the trampling of tradition.
Ohio was the first state to enter the thorny debate on the constitutionality of either banning or not recognizing same-sex marriage. Other states followed closely. The issue was submitted to vote in 35 states, with results that count an overall 61 percent of voters who cast their ballot in favor of keeping the traditional definition of marriage unaltered. An overall 39 percent of voters chose to favor same-sex marriage and the changing of the definition of marriage.
Ten years after Massachusetts took the frontrunner position in legalizing same-sex marriages on its territory, the issue still divides the American society. That is not to say there is no hope.
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