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Gay Tech Bears Lay Claim To Jeb Bush Presidential Campaign Website to Promote LGBT Equality

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CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater, a self-described tech "bear couple" from Oregon, exhibited some remarkable foresight back in 2008 and decided to lay claim to a web domain that may prove frustrating for Florida's Jeb Bush sometime next year: www.JebBushForPresident.com. The site has had minimal activity on it since it was purchased, but with Bush likely planning to run in 2016 the couple are intending to use the site "as a platform to educate our friends and family about political impact to LGBT families."

This will come as a double-annoyance for Bush as not only will the most obvious domain name be out of reach (the .net is also owned by an independent third party, but .org seems to be available at least), but the site that does go up will likely draw very uncomfortable attention to Bush's anti-gay stances.


Demonstrators Protest At HRC DC Headquarters After Fred Sainz Lauds Jeb Bush

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Fred Sainz, a vice president for the Human Rights Campaign’s communications and marketing division, has been quoted in The Washington Post lauding Jeb Bush for his recent comments on same sex marriage’s legalization in Florida.

“The vast majority of the rhetoric coming from many of these Republican politicians is complete and total denial of marriage being an institution that gay couples should have access to,” said Sainz, a former aide to George H.W. Bush during his Vice Presidency during the Reagan administration. “Why his position is novel and his tonal impact is important is he is at least willing to acknowledge that committed and loving gay people can get married.”

To be clear, Jeb Bush’s remarks were not an outright support of same sex marriage, but rather a begrudging deference to the court.

“We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law,” Bush said in a statement. “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.”

In addition to his statement, however, Bush has been frank in expressing his belief that same sex marriage should (have) been put up to a popular vote, rather than decided in the courts. Though Sainz was not speaking on behalf of the HRC as a whole, his opinions regarding Bush are not entirely innocuous. By showering Bush with praise for his “evolution” of opinion, Sainz both allows him the space to dither on taking an appropriately clear position and to traffic in a stealthier brand of coded bigotry.

Demonstrators from One Angry Lesbian gathered outside of the HRC’s DC offices to protest Sainz’s explicit (and therefore the HRC’s implicit) endorsement of Bush.

“Fred Sainz,” the demonstrators said. “Santa says: Remember, bigotry disguised as ‘religious liberty’ is still bigotry!”


NYT's Frank Bruni: Gays Are Not A Threat To Your ‘Religious Liberty’

6a00d8341c730253ef017c380c41fb970b-150wiIn a new op-ed published in The New York Times, columnist Frank Bruni delves into the au courant debate on the intersection of same-sex marriage and so-called “religious liberty."

Bruni highlights how foes of marriage equality, having failed to prove why government has a vested interest in discriminating against same-sex couples, have resolved that the best way to defend their advocating for discrimination is to sound the dog whistle of “religious liberty.” In other words, the enemies of equality argue that they must be exempt from treating all people equally under the law because to do so would infringe upon their “religious liberty.” 

Bruni’s searing and insightful piece also directly responds to a statement made by 2016 Presidential hopeful Jeb Bush who, reacting to the on-set of same-sex marriage in Florida, a state he was once governor of, attempted to walk a fine line between his party’s discriminatory views on same-sex marriage and the view held by a majority of Americans that same-sex couples are entitled to the freedom to marry. Said Bush,

Bush"We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law. I hope that we can 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." 

What’s wrong with invoking religious liberty in a debate on same-sex marriage? Bruni explains:

"For starters, it perpetuates confusion, some of which is cynically engineered, about the consequences of marriage-equality laws. They do not pertain to religious services or what happens in a church, temple or mosque; no clergy member will be compelled to preside over gay nuptials. Civil weddings are covered. That’s it.

But also, “religious liberty” sounds disturbingly like a dog whistle to the crowd that wants specified, codified exemption from anti-discrimination laws; it’s one of the phrases they lean on. If Bush didn’t know that, he should have. If he did, he just sided, for the moment, with religious extremists."

As James Esseks, a lawyer with the A.C.L.U. told Bruni, this new argument that places "religious liberty" at its heart "is the new wave, the new frame" that will be used to try and re-orient the national conversation on same-sex marriage by those hell-bent on stemming the tide of freedom and justice for same-sex couples. 

Read Bruni's full piece here


For Bush and Other 2016 GOP Hopefuls Dithering On Gay Marriage Could Be Dangerous: VIDEO

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Jeb Bush’s mixed, ham-handed statements about Florida’s new-found status as the latest state to legalize gay marriage is emblematic of the precarious political position that the 2016 Republican hopeful finds himself in. As the GOP struggles to reevaluate its public perceptions, Bush, who has suggested that he has his eye on the White House, has to be careful about his own image. As one of the only Republicans currently thought to have a legitimate shot at the Presidency, the former Florida governor can’t afford to rely on traditional conservative rhetoric to win over potential voters. This, obviously, is easier said than done.

Jeb_bush“Republicans like Bush eyeing a possible 2016 bid can’t just drop the issue altogether,” writes Emma Margolin for MSNBC. “They’re still faced with having to appeal to the party’s socially conservative primary voters, many of whom are older, religious and value the concept of traditional marriage”:

“The challenge for these potential GOP hopefuls is to win over the social conservatives in a way that doesn’t completely destroy their chances of winning the general election – something that the past two Republican nominees have been unable to accomplish.”

Bush’s political history regarding gay marriage has varied over time, ranging from backing George W. Bush’s efforts to make all same-sex unions unconstitutional to his more recent fumbling that suggest a sort of political apathy. Whether Bush’s newfound brand of moderate conservatism is merely lip service remains to be seen but, as GOP strategist Keith Appell logics, Bush will eventually have to choose a side.

“You need to be firmly on one side or the other; any time you seem to be equivocating is a recipe for disaster,” he said. “This statement is fine. I think that’s probably going to be the statement, or some version of the statement, where most Republican presidential candidates are going to come down.”

Watch Hardball's Chris Matthews dig into Bush's marriage equality conundrum,
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Jeb Bush Forms New PAC, Right To Rise - VIDEO

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Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has announced the creation of a new political action committee (PAC) as he continues to explore a presidential bid in 2016, The Washington Post reports. Bush made the announcement on social media, posting a video on Instagram and Facebook in both English and Spanish: 

In a video posted on the social-media site Instagram, Bush, walking casually in a dark winter jacket on a city street, said, "Hey, everybody, today we're setting up the Right to Rise PAC, which is a PAC to support candidates that believe in conservative principles to allow all Americans to rise up."

Not every commenter on the video was impressed. "What an awkwardly staged video: not looking that 'hip' to this Millennial voter, Jeb!" wrote one person.

RightThe name for Bush’s PAC is meant to show the type of Republican Bush views himself to be, one focused on combating poverty and joblessness and the so-called “policies of opportunity”: 

An admirer of the late New York Republican Jack Kemp, whose politics revolved around poverty issues, Bush is hoping to cast himself as a new kind of Republican, in the Kemp mold, by touting his ideas on economic empowerment. (Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP's 2012 vice-presidential nominee, has frequently used the phrase "right to rise" in speeches, as Bush has noted.)

Speaking at the Jack Kemp Foundation's awards dinner in 2013, Bush said, "We are a center right country but conservatives won’t govern again soon unless we adopt the Kemp example to get outside our comfort zones, and to listen, learn and persuade."

He added, "If he was with us now, I think he would agree we have strayed from the politics of winning, from the policies of opportunity and from achieving the governing needed to accomplish big things.”

You’ll recall that Bush recently suggested that gay marriage should be put to a public vote, saying of gay marriage in Florida, “It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision. The state decided. The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.” Bush walked back those remarks with a more calculated statement in which the former Governor and member of the famed political dynasty tried to not sound the bigot alarm yet made sure to invoke the outrage about gay marriage currently en vogue among right-wing-nuts: the cry of “religious liberty.” Said Bush,

"We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law. I hope that we can 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.”

Watch Bush’s announcement, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Jeb Bush Blows 'Religious Liberty' Dog Whistle in New Statement on Gay Marriage in Florida

Former Florida governor and 2016 presidential hopeful Jeb Bush released a new statement today responding to the start of marriage equality in that state.

Jeb_bush"We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law. I hope that we can 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."

The remarks are clearly a more calculated response (using the religious right's newly-popular victimization rhetoric)  following  spontaneous comments offered on Sunday following a golf match, in which he suggested that gay marriage should be put to a public vote.

Said Bush on Sunday:

“It ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision. The state decided. The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.”

The DNC blasted Bush in a statement:

“It took Jeb Bush 69 words to say absolutely nothing — 69 words not to say, ‘I support marriage equality.’ Nothing’s changed,” DNC communications director Mo Elleithee said in a statement. “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."

Gay couples began marrying earlier today in Miami-Dade County. Marriage equality takes effect statewide after midnight, when a couple will be married live on YouTube in Key West.


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