Barbara Bush Comes Out in Support of Marriage Equality

Feb 03 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Barbara Bush

It’s true. Meghan McCain, Mary Cheney, and now Barbara Bush: The former President’s daughter, 29, whose home is in Manhattan, taped a video in support of marriage equality; in other words, to urge support for same-sex marriage:

“I am Barbara Bush, and I am a New Yorker for marriage equality,” she says in the brief message, sponsored by an advocacy group. “New York is about fairness and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.”

Her mother, Laura Bush, said in a television interview in May, “When couples are committed to each other and love each other” they should have “the same sort of rights that everyone has.”

Barbara and Laura Bush in 2007

Of course, father and husband President George W. Bush is famous for his opposition to gay marriage. In November 2003 when the Massachusetts Judicial Supreme Court ruled in favor of same-sex marriage, Bush released the following statement:

President George W. Bush, White House Press Office, Nov. 18, 2003
“Marriage is a sacred institution between a man and a woman. Today’s decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court violates this important principle. I will work with congressional leaders and others to do what is legally necessary to defend the sanctity of marriage.”

He went one better in February 2004, calling for a ban, saying (inaccurately, of course) that “The union of a man and a woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith.”

“Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society.”

Family gatherings must be interesting in the Bush clan these days.

The video was made by Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights group. Brian Ellner, who is in charge of the group’s campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in New York says that “No matter what party they belong to, young Americans believe in basic fairness and equality.”

Support for Same Sex Marriage Since 1988

As it happens, the facts are on his side. A Siena Research Institute Poll in January showed that 57 percent of New Yorkers support marriage equality (with 38 percent opposed), while a Quinnipiac University Poll last week put the number at 56 percent (with only 37 percent opposing). Nationally, support for marriage equality has moved above the 50 percent mark.

Graph from fivethirtyeight.com

To thank Barbara Bush for speaking out on behalf of marriage equality

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