04/28/2015 01:02 pm ET Updated Apr 28, 2015

Would Jeb Bush Attend A Gay Wedding? 'Claro Que Si'

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) said Tuesday that although he has never attended a gay wedding, he would have no reservations about doing so.

"I haven't -- that's not to say I wouldn't," Bush told reporters at an event in Puerto Rico, adding later in Spanish that, "claro que sí," he would go if invited.

The likely presidential candidate reiterated in February his support for "traditional marriage," insisting that the issue ought to be handled by states rather than the courts. His comments Tuesday came on the same day that the Supreme Court is debating a historic case over whether there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage.

Whether one would attend a same-sex wedding has become a flash point among the 2016 Republican presidential field. Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.), who is also considering a bid for the White House, said earlier this month that if he were invited to the wedding of a gay loved one, he would not attend.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who has already announced his campaign for president, said he would "of course" attend a gay wedding of a person he was close to. But declared presidential candidate and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) declined to say whether he would attend a gay wedding, stating only that he hasn't "faced that circumstance." Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), another likely contender who opposes same-sex marriage, said he has been to a gay wedding "reception" for a relative.



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