It took Jeb Bush 69 words to say absolutely nothing - 69 words not to say, ‘I support marriage equality.’ Nothing’s changed. At the end of Bush’s statement, he still had the same position: he opposes the right of gay and lesbian Floridians - and all LGBT Americans - to get married and adopt children. If he wants to tell us he’s changed his position, great. But this was not that statement. It was typical Jeb Bush.Bush's statement, Monday, was:
We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law. I hope that we can also show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue -- including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty.Politifact has chronicled Jeb Bush's all-over-the-map statements about gay marriage over the years here, and ranks as "mostly true" the Democratic National Committee statement that "Bush not only opposes marriage equality, he’s said he ‘personally’ believes gay couples should be banned from adopting children."
One statement Politifact missed is the one that CNN remembered, Jeb Bush's 1994 Miami Herald guest editorial about LGBT rights:
"We have enough special categories, enough victims, without creating even more." He wrote that he didn't want to see "sodomy be elevated to the same constitutional status as race and religion."