Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on Friday reiterated his support for a federal bill which would protect opponents of marriage equality.

Introduced June 17, 2015 by Republican Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Paul Labrador of Idaho, the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) seeks to bar federal “discriminatory action” against those who oppose such unions based on a “religious belief or moral conviction.”

“The Federal Government shall not take any discriminatory action against a person, wholly or partially on the basis that such person believes or acts in a religious belief or moral conviction that marriage is or should be recognized as the union of one man and one woman, or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such a marriage,” the bill states.

Speaking at the Faith & Family Forum in Greenville, South Carolina, the former Florida governor reiterated his support for FADA.

“I support it. Absolutely,” Bush said. “If the Congress would pass something – I would support that. And I think it is really important that there is respect for people's religious conscience. As we know, it's the first freedom. There are ways that now it's under threat.”

Bush also criticized the Supreme Court's June finding that gay and lesbian couples have a constitutional right to marry, calling it “wrong.”

“Embedded in that decision – the wrong decision that was made – it’s not implicit, it’s direct; that under consideration there now could be that people of faith could lose their tax-exempt status, people of faith might have rights restricted, might not be able to access government funding if they’re involved in the social service arena,” Bush said.

Bush, however, is not among the three GOP candidates who have signed a pledge to push for passage of FADA and sign it into law during the first 100 days of their administration. Ben Carson and Senators Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have signed the pledge.