Jeb Bush Says State Governments Should Be Able To Discriminate Against Americans
Most Americans understand that we live in a single nation, united under a single Constitution, which is the highest law of all the land. We understand that every other law in the USA must comply with the Constitution. We recognize the authority of the 14th amendment to the Constitution, which reads: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
A minority of Americans, however, likes to pretend that the 14th amendment to the Constitution does not exist. They like to believe that the United States of America is a confederacy, like back in the early days right after the Revolution, or as it was under the Confederate States of America.
Unfortunately, among this deluded minority of regressive Americans is Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
The state government of Florida has worked to promote discrimination against gays and lesbians for a long time. Recently, however, gay and lesbian Floridians decided that they’d had enough. Same-sex marriage is legal and working well in the majority of the United States, and so loving same-sex couples in Florida came together to legally challenge Florida’s discriminatory prohibition on marriage for gay and lesbian couples.
Florida’s gays and lesbians pointed out that Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage is a violation of the 14th amendment to the Constitution guarantee of equality under the law. Federal Judge Robert L. Hinkle pointed out that they were right, and instructed Florida state officials to stop discriminating against gays and lesbians.
Most Americans understand this. Nobody can require people to approve of gay or lesbian marriages, but then, that’s not the point. Plenty of heterosexuals disapprove of other heterosexual marriages, but that doesn’t give them the power to legally prohibit other heterosexuals from getting married. Neither does it give state governments the power to decide, according to the private opinion of politically-connected elites, which couples get to marry and which ones don’t.
Jeb Bush doesn’t get it. Commenting on the decision by Judge Hinkle to enforce the 14th amendment to the Constitution, Bush declared that the 14th amendment simply shouldn’t apply to gay and lesbian Americans. Jeb Bush told reporters that he thinks that the decision to discriminate against gays “ought be a local decision. I mean, a state decision.”
In 2016, we need to elect a President who understands that it ought never to be a state or local government decision to discriminate against anybody.
Maybe if we say it slowly, Jeb Bush will understand:
Discrimination – is – just – plain – wrong.