LGBTQ Lauds Jeb Bush’s Stand for SSM Ruling


Written by Michael G. Haverluck

Former Florida governor and prospective 2016 Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush might have moved himself further away from the conservative voters he’s been trying to woo by inserting himself in the middle of Florida’s recent courtroom chaos, urging Floridians to “respect the rule of the law” recently changed by a pro-“gay” activist judge to legalize same-sex “marriage.”

The ruling on same-sex marriage by Florida District Court Judge Robert Lewis Hinkle was interpreted this month by state officials as allowing the union that was formerly banned by Florida’s traditional marriage amendment, which protected marriage as only between one man and one woman.

When talking about Bush’s latest statement that many are calling a concession to the homosexual agenda, Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality (AFTAH), alludes to President Barack Obama’s “evolution” of thinking when it comes to same-sex marriage.

“It is becoming apparent that Jeb Bush is the favorite Republican Party presidential contender of the Washington Blade – D.C.’s ‘gay news source’ – due to his politically correct evolution on homosexuality and same-sex ‘marriage,'” proclaimed LaBarbera, who heads up the Naperville, Illinois-based national organization that is “dedicated exclusively to exposing and countering the homosexual activist agenda.”

LaBarbera points to Bush as the LGBT community’s champion (when it comes to Republicans), insinuating that he would be the most “gay”-friendly potential GOP presidential candidate among other conservative picks.

“The Blade and other liberal media report favorably every time the former Florida governor moves away from the conservative, pro-family, Republican platform defending marriage as between man and woman,” LaBarbera reported. “On January 5, the ‘gay’ Blade happily reported that Bush ‘struck a softer tone’ with his nuanced response to District Judge Robert Hinkle’s overthrow of Florida’s pro-natural-marriage amendment, which had passed with 62 percent of the vote in 2008.”

Transitioning from pro-family to pro-‘gay’?

Bush attempted to straddle the fence to appease both sides of the same-sex marriage debate when addressing the judicial overturn of the Sunshine State’s marriage amendment.

“We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law,” Florida’s ex-governor declared. “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.”

LaBarbera call’s Bush’s reaction to the marriage controversy “wishy-washy,” arguing that he should have defended conservative Republican ideals by standing up to the “Clinton-appointed judge’s outrageous overreach.”

Legal by whose terms?

The family advocate also challenges Bush’s allegedly hypocritical exhortation to Floridians to honor the law, contending that the ex-governor is urging them to follow a lawless decision that threw a perfectly legal legislation (the voter-passed marriage amendment) to the wind.

“Rule of law? What rule of law?” LaBarbera questioned. “Perhaps a few hundred-thousand Republicans – of the 4,890,883 Florida voters who cast ballots to preserve the common-sense definition marriage – might demand an answer from Bush to this question …”

LaBarbera then laid out his question addressing the LGBT-leaning judge’s ruling:

“Why should we respect a judge’s ‘evolving-Constitution’ interpretation of the law when the same judge shows zero respect for We the People – as he arrogantly casts aside the people’s clearly expressed will against legalizing homosexuality-based ‘marriage?'” LaBarbera posed.

The pro-family activist then referred to the District of Columbia’s pro-homosexual publication, which he says trivializes the votes of nearly five million Floridians to forward their same-sex marriage agenda at any cost.

“While [Bush’s] remarks don’t signal support for the right of same-sex couples to marry, they’re a shift in tone from comments the former Florida governor made to The Miami Herald in which he said states should decide the marriage issue,” the Washington Blade reported. “[Bush said:] ‘It ought to be a … state decision … The people of the state decided. But it’s been overturned by the courts, I guess.'”

Pulling Bush into their corner?

LaBarbera emphasizes that Bush has been making inroads with the pro-LGBT Blade for some time.

“A few weeks earlier, under the gushy headline, ‘Is Jeb a kinder, more gay-friendly Bush?’ the Blade reported excitedly Bush’s complaint that Republicans come off as too ‘anti-gay’ (and anti-immigrant, etc.),” LaBarbera shared.

However, AFTAH’s president stresses that LGBT advocates won’t give up until Bush has completely moved onto their side of the same-sex marriage debate.

“Despite their applause for Bush’s moderation” (read: Democrat-lite social liberalism), pro-homosexual-‘marriage’ forces and Democratic activists won’t be satisfied until the ex-Florida governor fully embraces ‘marriage equality’ – the LGBT propaganda term for legalizing sodomy-based, nature-defying counterfeit ‘marriages,'” LaBarbera asserts.

Similar ‘evolutions’ in the works

LaBarbera says that Bush’s gradual transformation from supporting traditional marriage to same-sex marriage is nothing new.

“Tragically, Bush’s lackluster response to Judge Hinkle’s imperious negation of Florida’s marriage amendment is typical of GOP ‘leaders’ who are eager to ditch the ‘gay marriage’ issue altogether – even though it has brought many millions of pro-family voters to the polls nationwide ever since Massachusetts’ highest court first imposed same-sex ‘marriage’ on the Bay State in 2004,” LaBarbera points out.

He points out that the governors of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania preceded Bush in gradually making concessions to the homosexual agenda.

“In Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker capitulated without protest to a court-imposed evisceration of the marriage amendment passed by 59 percent of Badger State voters in 2006 – part of his change of heart on the issue,” LaBarbera recounted. “In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Corbett refused to even appeal a federal court decision toppling the state’s 1996 defense-of-marriage law.”

Some governors have even tried to mask their underlying support for traditional marriage by pleading a history of ambivalence, hoping their pro-family support of yester-year will not catch up with them.

“In Michigan, Governor Rick Snyder, after a court ruling overturning that state’s marriage amendment, said he had never taken a position on same-sex ‘marriage,'” LaBarbera said. “Democrats quickly provided footage of a 2010 debate in which Snyder defended normal marriage.”

Even governors from states where three out of four voters supported protecting traditional marriage refused to stand up for the democratic rule of the people, letting the tyranny of renegade judges force their will upon the legal system to the detriment of families upholding biblical values.

“And in Oklahoma, where a whopping 76 percent of voters cast ballots for the state’s pro-marriage amendment in 2004, Governor Mary Fallin merely issued a press statement after legalized homosexual ‘marriages’ were forced on the Sooner State by the same U.S. Supreme Court non-action that legalized  genderless ‘marriage’ in Wisconsin, Indiana, Utah and Virginia,” LaBarbera continued.

“Fallin would be a conservative hero today – and probably a GOP vice-presidential prospect in 2016 – had she chosen instead to defy the out-of-control judiciary and honor Oklahomans’ landslide vote ostensibly preserving real, God-ordained marriage.”

LaBarbera insists that Americans looking for a presidential candidate who will uphold the Constitution and the biblical values upon which the United States was founded should look past potential contenders such as Jeb Bush, who apparently cave to the politically correct ideologies as they garner more popular support.

“The times demand statesmen with the courage to challenge what Phyllis Schlafly accurately labels ‘judicial supremacy’ – which has disenfranchised millions upon millions of American voters on traditional marriage,” LaBarbera concludes.

“It appears Jeb Bush is not up to the task, but he is not alone among a bevy of GOP governors, politicians and libertarian-minded pundits who have chosen pandering over principle on this critical issue that speaks to the character of a nation – a nation that claims to be ‘under God’ while defying His moral law and created natural order.”

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