Bush daughter supports gay marriage
January 31st, 2011
09:28 PM ET
12 years ago

Bush daughter supports gay marriage

(CNN) - Former President George W. Bush's daughter Barbara is appearing in a new web video in support of gay marriage.

The 20-second spot released Monday is sponsored by the Human Rights Campaign, a civil rights organization that works to achieve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality.

"I'm Barbara Bush and I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality," Bush says. "New York is about fairness and equality and everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love. Join us."

The video is part of a larger set of testimonials from New Yorkers including Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Kenneth Cole and Julianne Moore.

A statement from the group says, "Barbara Bush joins prominent Republicans like her mother Laura Bush as well as Dick Cheney and Ted Olson as supporters of marriage equality."

Bush's daughter, twin to Jenna Bush, is the latest Republican offspring to voice support for gay marriage, an issue her father campaigned against in his reelection bid. Meghan McCain, daughter of former GOP 2008 presidential nominee Sen. John McCain and Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney have also been outspoken supporters of same-sex marriage. Mary Cheney is openly gay.

- CNN's Dana Bash and Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report

Filed under: Barbara Bush • Gay rights
soundoff (86 Responses)
  1. Clwyd

    It took 3 generations, but finally a bush with some brains!

    January 31, 2011 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Tyler Durden

    Nicely done, good for you. Equal protection under the law means equal protection for everyone. Denying those basic rights to anyone based on their race, gender, or orientation is simply un-American and unconstitutional.

    January 31, 2011 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  3. Randy, San Francisco

    Good to see the younger generation has more tolerance and common sense....

    January 31, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  4. blake

    It appears the wives and children of moderate Republicans like Bush41, Bush43, and McCain are RINOs. Wish the media would stop advertising their opinions. Who cares? We desperately need conservative voices to speak out and define the Republican party. The rest might as well be Democrats.

    January 31, 2011 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  5. Darth Vadik, CA

    I figured it was Barbara as soon as I saw that a "Bush supports gay marriage", I always liked her, I remembered that Laura Bush was actually a Democrat before meeting and marrying George.

    January 31, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  6. Darth Vadik, CA

    Actually I like both Jenna and Barbara Bush, they have both grown into great women, yeah they had their youth moments, but so did all of us, at least I did too, so more power to them 🙂

    January 31, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  7. thomas

    Your mother should have been president !
    You think like your mother and thats GOOD !

    January 31, 2011 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  8. Francisco Cardenas

    I believe this younger generation, no matter what their political affiliations may be, are going to be more and more open to justice for everyone.

    January 31, 2011 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  9. Marla

    At least this shows that there is hope for the next generation!
    I'm hoping that those who say that this will be a non-issue once the older generation dies off are right.
    I'm sad to say that I'm part of that older generation – just more forward-thinking than most of them.

    January 31, 2011 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  10. ThinkAgain

    It'll be interesting to see how Limbaugh and O'Reilly and all the other blowhards handle this. Then again, they seem to have throw GW under the bus now that they now longer need him to wrangle the knee-jerk evangelical vote (Palin is currently filling that role).

    January 31, 2011 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm |
  11. Liz the First

    This apple fell a bit far from the tree, thank God. Maybe there's some hope for this gene pool after all. good for her!

    January 31, 2011 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  12. Margie

    She is entitled to her opinion and feelings. And what she believes in should not be an object of ridicule. I am not a Bush fan but people who support gay marriage have a right to express themselves. Good for her.

    January 31, 2011 10:36 pm at 10:36 pm |
  13. Peter E

    I believe in the separation of church and state, as declared in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution. And marriage is clearly a religious institution. Government has no right outlawing any religion from recognizing gay marriage nor forcing another to recognize it if they don't choose to. Marriage should be the business only of churches, and not of government!

    January 31, 2011 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  14. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Don't worry, gay marriage is no longer a wedge issue republicans need. They have enough immigrants to hate already, not to mention their tired all 'tax cuts alone can create jobs' (despite that there is no historical evidence that tax cuts ever helped... in fact the republican presidents most known for their tax cuts, Reagan and Bush Jr. each created two recessions!)

    January 31, 2011 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  15. Clayton

    That's very brave of her to stand up for this cause after her father is no longer in the White House.

    January 31, 2011 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  16. james

    Gee, and here I thought all families got together in a room and decided what all of them would think about all political issues. I never dreamed any member of any family could disagree with their family on any issue.


    January 31, 2011 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  17. Steve in Denver

    What is this? A Bush that doesn't want to tell you what to do in your bedroom? That apple fell far, far from the tree.

    January 31, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  18. Tommy Mack

    It's a little late for the damage done by their fathers, but it's welcome nevertheless. Good on ya, kid!

    January 31, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  19. guest123

    It's nice to finally see a Bush that believes in basic human rights.

    January 31, 2011 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  20. Sam

    "A" bush can do anything for votes

    January 31, 2011 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  21. Michael

    Just another signal God knows what He's doing by making the old people die off first.

    January 31, 2011 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  22. Mike

    I'm a bit disappointed that she waited until the end of her father's term to say anything, but I support any ally we get.

    January 31, 2011 11:03 pm at 11:03 pm |
  23. Lu Ann

    YAY! Way to go Barbara !!!! Thank you for your voice of support !!!

    January 31, 2011 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  24. oh snap

    So??? Are we suppose to be impressed???

    January 31, 2011 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  25. Terry

    Folks to the right-of-center in this country, including myself are coming to the conclusion that to support freedom and the rights of the individual, we must accept equality in the marriage contract between two individuals.

    Folks like myself who are also Christians, need to lay down our stones, and encourage our GLBT brothers and sisters to forge monogomous relationships that foster honor, faith, modesty, and compassion that is consistent with the teachings of Christ.

    Finally, I encourage our GLBT friends to join us by keeping the government out of your wallet, your doctor's office, your bedroom, and the closet that you have left, but where you still stock the assault weapons of your choice.

    Freedom means freedom. The left and the right need to stop picking-and-choosing. Start today.

    January 31, 2011 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm |
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