Xavier Cortada says he doesn't want to
see his friend Jeb Bush in the White House.
The Bush campaign this week released
excerpts from Bush's upcoming e-book, Reply
All: A Governor's Story 1999-2007, about email exchanges the
former governor of Florida had with his constituents.
Cortada is described in the book as a
friend who wrote to Bush in 2004 about his support for a proposed
constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
In his reply, Bush advised his friend
that he could make his relationship more permanent through other
legal means than marriage.
“Thank you for writing and I
apologize for not responding earlier,” Bush wrote. “The tyranny
of the present has gotten me!”
“I am sensitive to your point of view
but respectfully disagree. If there is discrimination, there are
remedies. The cases of violence against gay and lesbians are
unconscionable and the laws in Florida exist to bring justice. Your
relationship with Juan Carlos can be made more permanent through
contractual obligations that set forth asset disposition and other
issues. However, I don't believe that your relationship should be
afforded the same status in the law as a man and a woman agreeing to
marriage. The institution of marriage is under attack in our society
and it needs to be strengthened. This does not have to be at the
expense of other kinds of relationships but in support of the most
important institution in our society.”
Cortada, an artist, and Juan Carlos
Espinosa have since married.
In remarks to the Daily
News, he said he would not vote for Bush.
“I like him. I respect him. But I
disagree with him. I don't wish to see him at 1600 Pennsylvania
Avenue,” said Cortada, who has known Bush for more than 20 years.