Jeb Bush Calls For Gay Marriage Debate Regardless of High Court Ruling

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Friday called for a debate on same-sex marriage “irrespective of what the courts say” — declaring that an upcoming Supreme Court ruling would not be the final word on the issue.

“It’s got to be important over the long haul, irrespective of what the courts say,” the former Florida governor said to applause from religious conservatives at the Faith & Freedom Coalition’s “Road to Majority” summit in Washington.

Bush was among 12 Republican candidates and hopefuls speaking at the summit, which began Thursday and ends Saturday at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

“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. “This conscience should also be respected when people of faith take a stand for traditional marriage.”

The Supreme Court is expected to rule on whether Americans have a constitutional right to same-sex marriage by the end of the month. Many legal scholars expect the justices to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states.