Jeb! Bush drops out of Republican race: His cringiest anti-gay moments

As Jeb Bush dropped out of the Republican presidential race tonight, PinkNews looks back at the most homophobic moments of his campaign.

Bush, or should we say ‘Jeb!’ dropped out amid dismal results for him from the South Carolina Republican Primary.

Placing 0.1 percent ahead of John Kasich with 78 percent of results reported, Bush said “I’m proud of the campaign we won to unify our country, and to advocate conservative solutions.”

Adding: “But the people of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina have spoken. Tonight I am suspending my campaign.”

Here are a few of the most anti-gay, and also most embarrassing moments of his campaign.

7. When he had to ASK a room full of apparent supporters to ‘please clap’ for him.

Please Clap Shopped

Okay, technically not anti-gay, but just a few weeks ago, while speaking at a campaign rally in New Hampshire, Jeb! went on a VERY inspiring speech about his integrity etc. Apparently it was SO inspirational, that nobody realised when to clap. So he had to ask them.

6. When he was SO OPPOSED to same-sex marriage that he couldn’t even spell ‘marriage’


During his Governorship, Bush wrote a letter talking about the fact that he did not recognise same-sex unions as marriages. The problem there was that he consistently spelled the word ‘marriage’ wrong. He actually wrote ‘marraige’. OOPS.

5. He managed to take time out of his campaign to support avowed homophobe Kim Davis

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The brother of former President George W Bush and son of former President George H W Bush – spoke out in favour of jailbird Kim Davis, suggesting the state of Kentucky should have accommodated her, rather than throwing her in jail for BREAKING THE LAW.

4. That time he actually told a gay couple they didn’t deserve legal protection


Technically the same as number 6, but while Governor of Florida, Bush actually told a gay constituent outright that his relationship didn’t deserve legal recognition.

It was in this letter that he demonstrated his inability to spell the word ‘marraige’. Doh!

3. When he looked like he was trying to back an anti-gay ‘religious freedom’ law… but just made no sense

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Of the legislation in the state of Georgia, Bush said (among other long ramblings): “I don’t know about the law, but religious freedom is a serious issue, and it’s increasingly so, and I think people that act on their conscience shouldn’t be discriminated against, for sure, and there should be protections, and so, as it relates to marriage equality… and that may change, the Supreme Court may change that.

“That automatically then shifts the focus to people of conscience, and, I don’t know, have their faith make… they want to act on their faith, and may not be able to be employed for example.”


2. And basically when he kept saying he didn’t support same-sex marriage.

WEST COLUMBIA, SC - JUNE 29: Republican presidential candidate and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush answers questions from employees of Nephron Pharmaceutical Company June 29, 2015 in West Columbia, South Carolina. Before talking with the employees of the Orlando, Florida based company Bush took a tour of the facility in West Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images)

Over and over and over and over again…

1. Then when he said he hoped the US Supreme Court wouldn’t legalise equal marriage. (Sucks for you).


Bush said: “I believe in traditional marriage. I hope the Supreme Court rules that way.”

YES! We get it Jeb!

He will be missed. But luckily, is still going… after a gay couple bought it and turned it into a support resource for LGBT people.