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Jeb Bush Touts His Anti-gay Views at CPAC: 'I Believe in Traditional Marriage' - VIDEO

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Whatever questions there may be surrounding Jeb Bush's private views on LGBT issues, it doesn't look like he'll be changing them publicly anytime soon, the Washington Blade reports:

Onstage at the second day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Bush was asked if his views had changed on same-sex marriage by conservative commentator Sean Hannity. The former Florida governor was succinct in his reply: “No. I believe in traditional marriage.”

The potential candidate — who once backed the efforts of his brother, former President George W. Bush, to pass a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage throughout the country — made the comments before a conservative audience as he tried to play down his support for immigration reform and federal education standards under Common Core. 

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Has Jeb Bush Privately 'Evolved' on Gay Marriage?

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With the race for the White House in 2016 already underway, various exploratory committees are hard at work vying for the biggest slice of the campaign fundraiser pie in this crazy post-Citizens United political landscape we find ourselves in. Heavyweight contender Jeb Bush has been doing quite well in this regard, and is reportedly aiming to raise $100 million before he formally enters the race sometime later this year. Helping the former Florida governor reach this goal are a number of donors with left-leaning sensibilities on social issues, a reality that isn't sitting well with the party's "anti" crowd.

Naturally, the influx of these donors has raised questions about were exactly Bush stands on certain divisive social issues. Like President Obama, we've seen Bush tweak his public stance on issues like gay marriage in order to make himself a more palatable candidate for the electorate to swallow. Following marriage equality's arrival in Florida last month, for example, Bush issued a calculated statement saying:

"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."

And while the statement is far from a ringing endorsement on LGBT equality, it's still light years ahead of his dismissal of "sodomy" rights back in the 1990s. It's clear Bush is positioning himself as the moderate of the 2016 GOP pack - a strategy that appears to be working in his favor financially.

Donors, however, seem increasingly convinced that Bush (again like Obama circa 2008) is even more evolved on the issue of LGBT rights privately than he is publicly. 

Buzzfeed reports:

But inside Bush’s orbit, some believe his personal feelings on the subject may have evolved beyond his on-the-record statements. Three Republican supporters who have recently spoken with Bush as he’s blitzed the GOP fundraising circuit told BuzzFeed News they came away with the impression that on the question of marriage equality, he was supportive at best and agnostic at worst.

“He wants to do the respectful, human thing,” said one of the Republicans, a donor who requested anonymity to comment on private conversations.

If, as many observers expect, the Supreme Court rules this June to extend marriage rights to all same-sex couples nationwide, some of Bush’s pro-gay donors are hoping he will use the moment to fully pivot toward an embrace of marriage equality — turning himself into the first serious pro-gay GOP presidential candidate.

“His thinking appears to have evolved,” said David Aufhauser, a former senior Treasury official who co-hosted a fundraiser for Bush earlier this month in Virginia. Aufhauser, well known in GOP circles for his gay rights advocacy, stressed that he doesn’t speak for Bush, but contended that the candidate would benefit from opening up about how he now views the marriage issue. 

If Bush does decide to open up more about the marriage issue in the future, it will likely be with the help of his soon-to-be communications director Tim Miller, an openly gay man

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Jeb Bush to Pick Openly Gay Man as Communications Director for Possible 2016 Presidential Run

MillerTim Miller, who currently serves as the executive director of the America Rising PAC targeting Hillary Clinton and other Democrats, is expected to be named as Jeb Bush's top communications aide for the former Florida governor's expected 2016 presidential run, Politico reports

The National Journal adds the 33-year-old is openly gay and previously worked on John McCain's 2008 presidential bid and Jon Huntsman's 2012 campaign. He has also served as a spokesman for the Republican National Committee.

Tweeted Miller:

Bush, while opposed to same-sex marriage, has attempted to position himself as a moderate on LGBT issues. Following marriage equality's arrival in Florida last month, Bush issued a calculated statement saying:

"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."

Politico adds that Kristy Campbell, a spokesperson for Bush’s PAC, described Miller as one of the most respected communicators in the nation. “His counsel will be critical to Governor Bush as the Right to Rise PAC works to support conservative candidates and conservative causes across the nation in the coming months,” Campbell said.

[h/t Metro Weekly]


GOP 2016 Hopefuls Punt on Alabama Gay Marriage Questions

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While Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore's pageantry plays out over the gay marriage fight in his state, Politico notes a number of likely GOP 2016 contenders are choosing to sit this one out.

When pressed on the fight in the Deep South state, where the chief justice has ordered county officials to ignore a federal court ruling permitting same-sex marriages, likely GOP 2016 contenders reached by POLITICO or interviewed elsewhere have largely tried to sidestep specifics.

Even some of the most conservative hopefuls prefer instead to talk more broadly about federalism and states’ rights, comments that come as the U.S. Supreme Court considers whether same-sex marriage is a constitutional right applicable nationwide.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio’s answer is a typical example: “The problem is, I just don’t know the details of what arguments they are using” in Alabama, he said, adding that while he has “always believed that marriage has always been defined by states and regulated by states and should continue to be,” he would respect the Supreme Court decision.

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who is pushing a constitutional amendment to require that the federal government defer to the states on same-sex marriage, also avoided discussing the particulars of the Alabama case. “My view is that marriage is a question for the states,” he said.

CarsonPolitico adds the one notable exception was Dr. Ben Carson (right), who defended Moore's obstructionist efforts and said Moore "understands the importance of preserving states’ rights in the modern post-Civil War world in which we live."

The article also goes on to point out how other contenders like Jeb Bush, Bobby Jindal, Rick Perry, Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee are addressing the Alabama question and the wider issue of a likely future where nationwide marriage equality is the law of the land. 

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Gay Tech Bears Share Their Plans For JebBushForPresident.com With Rachel Maddow: VIDEO

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As you may or may not know, visiting JebBushforPresident.com doesn't take you to the kind of website you were likely expecting, and that's thanks to a pair of tech bears who laid claim to the domain back in 2008. Rachel Maddow caught wind of their project and invited them to her show for an interview. After highlighting the Twitter antics of Ethan Czahor, the misogynistic excuse for a human being that Bush hired to be the CTO for his online campaign presence, Maddow dove into the interview with CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater about themselves and their plans for JebBushforPresident.com.

As mentioned in our previous coverage, they intend to use the domain - which they bought for $8 - to educate people on LGBT issues in the U.S. and what lives of gay couples are like. Weirdly enough the Jeb Bush campaign never approached the men to try and buy the domain off of them.

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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.


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