(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) Conservatives already irked at Jeb Bush over his support for immigration reform and Common Core educational standards are boring in on hints he is warming to same-sex marriage, a no-no among evangelicals who dominate early primaries and caucuses.
Two events this year put them on notice that Bush is backing away for his past hard-line position. First, while calling marriage a “sacrament,” he urged “respect” for gays in committed relationships in what some saw as an effort to finesse the issue slowly winning support among Republicans.
And then the leading 2016 GOP presidential hopeful hired a top campaign aide, David Kochel, an Iowa political pro who has advocated for same-sex marriage rights.
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