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. kellycanuck

    Well at least one Bush was born with a brain

    February 1, 2011 06:17 am at 6:17 am |
  2. Squigman

    Why subject the masses to irrelevent verbage, from the children of irrelevent wealthy politicians. Politicians, that placed the masses in great jeopardy by furthering the agendas of even more wealthy politicians, and ignoring the needs of the middle class, as well as the working poor. Regardless, of the musings of this silverspoon sucking youth, nothing will change. The fact remains that when push comes to shove, the common folk have few friends. And none that are wealthy.

    February 1, 2011 06:33 am at 6:33 am |
  3. Marie MD

    There's still hope for some rethugs and their offspring. Good for Barbara.
    I don't understand why anyone would want to infringe on the civil rights of others just because they don't "think" like you do or are "different".
    I thought the bible, for those christians who pick and choose from the book, says to love everyone.

    February 1, 2011 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  4. ellid

    Once again, the women associated with hard right Republicans prove to be far more liberal than the men. Too bad they didn't or wouldn't speak out while their menfolk were actually in power....

    February 1, 2011 06:49 am at 6:49 am |
  5. cm

    who cares what the bushes think

    February 1, 2011 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  6. 2+2=5

    Bush Daughter "I'll trade you gay marriage for illegal abortions and a more expensive future". Thanks hun. Sad thing is, they are desperate for votes and this proves it, I'm sorry but, did the Bible change overnight? that's what I thought. Next.....

    February 1, 2011 07:08 am at 7:08 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Unlike her father, she appears to be a 'compassionate conservative' who knows about equality.

    February 1, 2011 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. Gunner

    They're all just more people Rush will call "not real Republicans"

    February 1, 2011 07:17 am at 7:17 am |

    These people (Bush family members, Cheneys, etc) could have made a real impact by speaking out in support of same sex marriage WHILE THEY WERE RELEVANT, but all have chosen to wait until they have fallen from power into relative obscurity to "come out." Where were their voices when they could have been heard and would have mattered? Why is this debate so squarely divided between liberal and conservative viewpoints? Because partisanship and party loyalty trump common sense as usual.

    February 1, 2011 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  10. Jeff

    It is nice to see at least one person from that family of lunatics has a progressive and intelligent outlook. The rest of them are nothing but knuckle dragging pond scum.

    February 1, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  11. joe blow

    jeez, what kind of parents were reagan, cheney, bush, and mccain - they have raised radical, anti-christian sons and daughters. the parents should denounce and shun these children.

    February 1, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  12. jim

    at least, there are some decent, reasonable republicans. this means there is hope for all of us.

    February 1, 2011 07:41 am at 7:41 am |
  13. elidude

    I guess she got her genes from her mom's side of the family... thank G-d!

    February 1, 2011 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  14. A. Goodwin

    Well, at least there is one peson in the Bush family with some common sense. I'm a democrat, and I'm actually pretty impressed by the younger generation of republican's. Too bad their parents are such bafoons!

    February 1, 2011 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  15. terry, va

    She must have "experimented" too much in college.

    February 1, 2011 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  16. Mike

    The only person who can destroy the integrity of your marriage is you!

    February 1, 2011 07:55 am at 7:55 am |
  17. stephen

    Where is our society headed? To embrace sodomy as something 'normal' is absurd. How can the denial of those who practice sodomy marriage recognition be considered discrimination? This lifestyle is a choice as proven by the testimony of thousands who have 'walked away' from it and live 'normal' lives. In every country and empire that has ever existed, when intangible values have been compromised that country and or empire has become nonexistent. Here we come.

    February 1, 2011 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  18. Ken in NC

    Mamas and Daddys, are you listening to your children? Sit down and listen to them because times have changed.

    February 1, 2011 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  19. Larry

    Could george bush actually have done something right in raising his daughter?

    February 1, 2011 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  20. diridi

    why should we care about what she says? Isn't enough her dad messed this nation....should we bring her into this mess....????

    February 1, 2011 08:23 am at 8:23 am |
  21. sparknut

    Good for you Barbara.

    February 1, 2011 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  22. annie s

    This leaves me encouraged that Barbara's generation will be the one to end discrimination in this country. It's long overdue.

    February 1, 2011 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  23. Alina77

    It's strange to see this and I don't believe in her feelings about it. It took her way too long to start talking about, they just need young Republicans and their votes. Actually lying about Bushes opponent and (scaring people that that guy is a gay), brought Bush one step higher to the Presidency. Dirty smelly Republican politics that's all it is.

    February 1, 2011 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  24. Mike

    Well she just lost my vote if she ever runs for anything... Looks like W is the last Bush I would vote for.

    February 1, 2011 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  25. Willa-PA

    Good for her, she is going with the times instead of being stuck in time in the with her head in the sand. We need more forward thinkers like her.

    February 1, 2011 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
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