Bush’s Daughter Supports Gay Marriage

NEW YORK (AP) – Former President George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara has announced her support for gay marriage, breaking with her father on a key social issue but joining her mother and other prominent Republicans who back same-sex unions.

The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, released a video Tuesday featuring the 29-year old Bush, a New York resident who runs Global Health Corps, a nonprofit public health organization.

“I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality,” Bush says in the video. “New York is about fairness and equality and everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.”

Paul Guequierre, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, said the video was produced to help promote efforts to win same-sex marriage rights in New York. A bill legalizing gay marriage passed the New York state Assembly in 2009 but was defeated in the state Senate that year. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, has announced his support for same-sex marriage, and advocates believe they have enough votes in both chambers for a bill to pass this year.

“New York is one of our priority states,” Guequierre said.

Barbara Bush’s advocacy for gay marriage is a sharp departure from her father’s position on the issue.

The former president was an opponent of same-sex marriage and in 2004 announced his support for a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw it. But his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, has said she supports gay marriage as does former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter Mary is gay.

Spokesman David Sherzer said the former president had no comment on his daughter’s video.

Advocates say they approached Bush to appear in the video after she attended a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, an organization created to challenge California’s Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that struck down gay marriage in that state. The group was founded by attorney Ted Olson, a prominent Republican who with Democratic attorney David Boies challenged Proposition 8 in federal court.

Barbara Bush’s twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, has not indicated her position on gay marriage.

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One Comment

  1. sckofrtwngbs says:

    I have to commend the young Barbara Bush for her mature, progressive statement and video, in support of Gay Marriage. Bravo for her! But I still think every time the Bush name appears in the media, is it for real or to help rebuild the abysmal Bush brand?
    No matter what any of the younger Bush’s do it will always be hard to forgive anything remotely connected to the Bush family, especially the George W. Bush part of the family. Alas whether it is fair or not the Bush name will always stand for evil, incompetence, suffering and hubris beyond all definition. Bush is a name you can add to list of names that bring up shutters of distaste for all time, for the despicable destruction, they caused in their lifetime. Names like McCarthy, Murdoch, Coulter, Jesse Helmes, Nixon, Capone, Falwell, Anita Bryant ,names that will no matter what always conjure up evil deeds, or vile behavior, or being on the wrong side of history, names that will forever linger as names that represent the worst we can be, in this world..
    So to Barbara Bush I say Bravo, but may I make a suggestion Barbara, when or if you are married, I would certainly drop my maiden name. That will really leave the blemish off of any further comments or behavior you do in your life.
    Unfortunately, after the horrible destruction and atrocities left in your father’s terms as President, it is really difficult to invite anyone connected to this evil man into polite society, especially since Former President G.W. Bush, truly should be in jail and pay for his crimes against humanity..

    1. enrique gallegos says:

      This statement is very fair and balanced and I applaud Brabra for her courage to speak her own mind.

  2. TUBBY says:


  3. Jaisthom says:

    Alas!! even God can’t help!!!it’s very clear the destiny of America! Very sad..

  4. Laura says:

    She’s a closet les first step to coming out. Wont Daddy Georgy be excited

  5. jay says:

    Why do people have such an issue with gay marriage. If you are not gay that issue should not effect you let them get married. Of the gay couples I know, they have been together way longer than the straight couples I know. It makes no sense to tell a grown person they have to marry someone of the opposite sex if that doesn’t make them happy. This is why we have down-low brothers and women because they want to do what everybody says is right and be straight. This is why aids is so high in the straight community because down-low people are afraid to be themselves.

    1. les says:

      i am not gay but i agree with you 100& . people are afraid of themselves. if gays love each other, who are people to say how they should lead their lives !!!!

      1. Ana says:

        If two people love eachother, they have a right to be together. I’m straight with several gay friends, and I support them 100%. Additionally, it’s not my place to judge them. All I care is that they are happy with who they are and where they are in their lives. And doesn’t God love us all: white, black, gay, or straight?

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