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posted Friday, June 26, 2015 - Volume 43 Issue 26
Marriage fight:
It ain't over even when it's over, Republicans say
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Marriage fight:
It ain't over even when it's over, Republicans say

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Republican presidential hopeful Jeb Bush - or Jeb! as he is known on his campaign signs - lined up with the extreme right of his party on the issue of same-sex marriage in a speech to a major conservative conference.

On June 19, Bush told the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority Conference that the U.S. Supreme Court should not be allowed to have the last say on marriage if they rule in favor of equality.

'It's got to be important over the long haul, irrespective of what the courts say,' he said.

In his speech, Bush supported so-called 'religious freedom' laws enacted in Indiana and other states that would allow individuals and businesses to refuse to serve Gay and Lesbian couples seeking to celebrate their weddings.

'We need to make sure that we protect the right not just of having religious views, but the right of acting on those religious views,' Bush said.

'Conscience should also be respected for people of faith who want to take a stand for traditional marriage,' he added.

Bush stressed the role Catholicism plays in his life, both as an individual and as a political operative, and, like Catholic church officials, he extolled the importance of raising children in families with heterosexual parents.

'In a country like ours we should recognize the power of a man and a woman loving their children with all their heart and soul as a good thing, as something that is positive and helpful for those children to live a successful life,' Bush said.

With this speech, Bush, who is usually identified as a Republican 'moderate,' moved close to the most extreme right-wing ideologues in his party.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee has staked out the most right-wing position. He is urging his fellow social conservatives to wage 'civil disobedience' if the Supreme Court makes same-sex marriage legal nationwide.

'What if no one had acted in disobedience to the Dred Scott decision of 1857?' Huckabee asked during a recent interview with Fox News. In the Dred Scott decision, the Supreme Court ruled that black men had no legal rights.

'What if the entire country had capitulated to judicial tyranny and we just said that - because the Supreme Court in 1857 said that a black person wasn't fully human - suppose we had accepted that, suppose Abraham Lincoln, our president, had accepted that, would that have been the right course of action?'

Huckabee added that should civil disobedience not be waged against gay marriage, people will be forced to commit 'biblical disobedience.'

Huckabee did not explain what 'biblical disobedience' would entail, or why it would be necessary, since religious officials in the United States are already allowed to decline to perform weddings based on their doctrines. Catholic priests, for example, are not required to marry Methodist couples, even if the Methodists are legally entitled to be married.

While Bush was stepping out as a Supreme Court defier, Rick Perry was stepping back from his prior support for a new constitutional amendment limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples. Instead of embarking on a long process to change the Constitution, conservatives should elect him, he said, and he would appoint better Supreme Court justices. 'My record on traditional marriage is very clear,' Perry said. 'I don't know how long it's been since we've changed the Constitution of the United States. So, I work with the reality that that is a very, very long process. 'I think a more appropriate focus for those of us that are running for the presidency of the United States is to remind people that the next President of the United States could appoint up to three people on the Supreme Court.' Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, and former senator Rick Santorum also support a constitutional amendment to reverse the high court if it rules for same-sex marriage. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida opposes such an amendment. Other Republican presidential candidates, including Chris Christie and Rand Paul, have so far managed to dodge the issue of what happens if the Supreme Court rules for equality.

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