MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The former governor of Florida, Jeb Bush, said Monday that he respects a court ruling that allows same-sex couples to wed for the first time in the Sunshine State.READ MORE: Florida’s Surgeon General Asked To Leave Meeting At State Senator’s Office After Refusing To Wear Mask
The potential Republican presidential contender and longtime opponent of gay marriage weighed in Monday as Miami-Dade County started issuing marriage licenses to lesbian and gay couples. A circuit court judge lifted a stay on her July ruling that Florida’s same-sex marriage ban violates equal protections under the U.S. Constitution.
“We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law,” Bush said in a statement.
Bush also called for respect for those on both sides of the issue, including committed gay couples and “those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty.”READ MORE: Finding This Year’s Most Popular Toys May Be Challenging Because Of Supply Chain Issues
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