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On same-sex marriage and gay adoption, Jeb Bush says he "respects" court decisions


While opponents of same-sex marriage are vowing to fight on, former Gov. Jeb Bush sounds ready to move on as he considers a potential bid for president.

"We live in a democracy, and regardless of our disagreements, we have to respect the rule of law," Bush said in a statement. "I hope that we can also show respect for the good people on all sides of the gay and lesbian marriage issue – including couples making lifetime commitments to each other who are seeking greater legal protections and those of us who believe marriage is a sacrament and want to safeguard religious liberty."

Bush, a Miami-Dade County resident, made this statement a day after The Miami Herald reported his discomfort with a local judge's looming decision, issued Monday, to greenlight gay marriage. 

A spokesperson for Bush also issued a related statement concerning the right of gay couples to adopt children. The Democratic National Committee blasted Bush over that issue and gay marriage but, Bush says, he also defers to the courts.

"Previously, I opposed gay adoption, but it has since become the law in our state and I respect that decision," Bush said.

For many activists on both sides, these statements will likely offer little comfort or quiet any controversy. Bush isn't saying he supports either issue. But he's not fighting them, either.