‘Gay bear’ activists who grabbed JebBushForPresident.com will use it for LGBT advocacy
Two self-professed “gay bears” from Oregon own the “JebBushForPresident.com” domain, and even if the former Florida governor enters the race, they do not intend to relinquish it, Business Insider reports.
According to the site, owners CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater purchased the domain in 2008 and planned to use it “to inform our friends and family about some of the challenges we face being part of the LGBT community.”
“This page is intended to prompt understanding, insight, and healthy dialogue in the ever changing landscape of civil rights and social justice,” they added.
Jeb Bush — who last month started a political action committee and said that he would be exploring the possibility of running for president — is likely to be one of the more accommodating on the Republican primary ticket when it comes to LGBT issues. While he has, in the past, denounced homosexuals as practitioners of “sodomy,” he now believes that people should “respect civil unions.”
In an email, Phillips told Business Insider that “[e]arly tentative plans were to essentially blog about how we felt about various legislation happening nationally and worldwide.”
“We didn’t see LGBT equality getting any better, and we felt said rights would more than likely still be in the spotlight in the run up for the next several election cycles. Jeb’s name was already being bandied about in the news as a potential presidential candidate, and we felt sure he’d be running in a future election.”
When asked whether he had been contacted on Jeb Bush’s behalf by anyone wanting to purchase the domain, Phillips replied that “[w]e’ve had a couple of offers. One person asked flat-out why a gay couple would have a candidate centric domain.”