An an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody released Sunday, Bush was asked whether he believed that same-gender marriage was a right protected by the U.S. constitution.
“I don’t, but I’m not a lawyer, and clearly this has been accelerated at a warp pace,” he said.
The Supreme Court is expected to rule sometime next month on whether same-gender marriage should be made legal in all 50 U.S. states, and Bush tied the future of the country itself to the issue of the family structure.
“To imagine how we’re going to succeed in our country unless we have committed family life, a child-centered family system, is hard to imagine,” Bush said. “Irrespective of the Supreme Court ruling, because they’re 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.”
In previous interviews, Bush has argued that same-gender marriage is something best left to the states to decide. In the interview, conducted in Iowa, however, he spoke about the issue in much more urgent, and moralistic terms.
“If we want to create a right-to-rise society, where people, particularly children born in poverty, if we want to have them have a chance we should be—a core American value,” Bush said, “we have to restore committed, loving family life with a mom and a dad loving their children with their heart and soul.”
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