Republican presidential candidate Jeb
Bush on Friday said that a Supreme Court ruling striking down state
bans on gay marriage would not end the debate.
The nation's highest court heard
arguments in a case challenging bans in Ohio, Tennessee, Michigan and
Kentucky on April 28. A ruling, which could lead to nationwide
marriage equality, is expected before the end of the month.
Speaking to social conservatives
gathered at the Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority
conference, Bush said that he wanted the debate to continue.
“It's got to be important over the
long haul, irrespective of what the courts say,” said
Bush, the former governor of Florida.
Bush went on to suggest that allowing
gay couples to marry deprives children of being raised in a
“In a country like ours we should
recognize the power of a man and a woman loving their children with
all their heart and soul as a good thing, as something that is
positive and helpful for those children to live a successful life,”