Jeb Bush Dreams Of A Tolerant Society Where People Can Discriminate Against Gays

In an interview with David Brody of the Christian Broadcasting Network this weekend, Jeb Bush chatted about his beliefs regarding whether or not Christian florists should be allowed to refuse to sell floral arrangements to people having same-sex weddings. Unsurprisingly, he came down on the side of “absolutely.”

“A big country, a tolerant country ought to be able to figure out the difference between discriminating someone because of their sexual orientation and not forcing someone to participate in a wedding that they find goes against their moral beliefs.”

Or, people could figure out that doing floral arrangements is not at all the same thing as actually being a guest at a wedding!

I’ve noticed that within the past few years conservatives have grown to love the hell out of the word “tolerant” – though they largely use it to describe their desire to act like jerks without anyone saying they’re being a jerk, or to legally discriminate against people they don’t like. Although it began, clearly, as a way of busting our balls, it seems they have wholly subscribed to it now.

Conversely, I am pretty sure I haven’t heard a liberal use that word since 1995. We no longer care if you like LGBT people or not, because yes, they are going to have rights whether you like it or not. Go sob in a corner.

Bush also stated that he doesn’t believe there is any constitutional basis for allowing same-sex couples to marry, and that all these LGBT rights seem to be happening a little quickly for him.

“It’s thousands of years of culture and history is just being changed at warp speed. It’s hard to fathom why it is this way.”

Well, Jeb, if you’re having trouble fathoming, I’d be happy to tell you. Throughout those “thousands of years of culture and history,” people were being discriminated against and waiting, patiently, for their rights. Clearly, that wasn’t happening. Sure, the 46 years since Stonewall might seem like quite the whirlwind for you, but if you were on the other side of that, it wouldn’t be happening fast enough.

Do you want people to wait another thousand years? Will you be ready then? How long is the appropriate time to wait for rights so that you and others like you don’t die of future shock?

He then stated that “we need to be stalwart supporters of traditional marriage” in order to protect “children born in poverty.”

I’m not quite sure where he’s going with that. Is he concerned about all the gays and lesbians having accidental pregnancies? Does Jeb Bush want me to marry a gay man? I certainly care a lot about poverty and the children born into it, but I can’t quite figure how me marrying a gay man is going to solve that problem.

Given that Bush recently stated that, had he been in his brother’s position, that he would have also invaded Iraq–and then quickly turned around and said he wouldn’t, it’s possible he will change his positions on these things also as soon as everyone makes fun of him enough for them. However, I kind of hope he keeps going with this crap–because I know I sure as hell don’t want another Bush in the White House, and these positions are unlikely to get him there.

[The Brody File]

[ThinkProgress]