Bush Punts on Georgia Religious Freedom Bill

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (photo credit: Gage Skidmore, CC BY-SA 2.0)

While in Georgia, Gov. Jeb Bush was asked about S.B. 129 the religious freedom bill that Erick Ericksson of RedState just said he’d help push. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution called Bush’s answer a “tacit endorsement”—though maybe a tepid and indirect sort of kind of endorsement?

 “I don’t know about this law, but religious freedom is a serious issue and is increasingly so,” said Bush. “People that act on their conscience shouldn’t be discriminated against, for sure. There should be protections.”

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality, he said, would “automatically shift the focus to people of conscience” who may not want to provide services for a gay marriage.

“People have a right to do that, just as we need to be respectful for people who are in long-term committed relationships,” said Bush. “Sorting that out is important.”

Hat tip: AJC.