It sounds like to me that his idea of a tolerant America is to protect intolerance. Who knows what he really thinks?
He doesn't think - he calculates. Just like most Republican politicians, and some Democrats, who lack core values. Bush loses the essential Republican conservative base if he doesn't oppose gay rights, without which he can't win in the Republican primaries.
His potential Republican primary opponents have all declared themselves to be rabid homophobes, so they force his hand. And maybe it doesn't take too much forcing. His core values may be as weak & plastic as any other Republican, but I have a sense on gay rights he's no friend of ours.
A very dangerous position, that the Democrats who calculate are the ones who lack core values. I want to think I know what you mean, but this pattern of thinking has IMNSHO led to some landslide Democratic losses against the GOP.
Don't need a response, as I don't expect you or anyone else here to care (edit: to care what I think
; didn't mean that to sound so bitter), but we *are* going into a major election with major consequences. Sometimes a calculation or two doesn't hurt.
EDIT: I know how little weight my word carries, so I posted some links in another thread
to what I thought was a very helpful analysis of some Democratic Party assumptions and strategies leading up to November 2014. There are actually real people out there who are beginning to subscribe to this view; I'm not the only one.