Bush daughter backs gay marriage
Former President George W. Bush’s daughter Barbara is speaking out in support of same-sex marriage.
“I’m Barbara Bush and I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality and , everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love. Join us,” she says in a brief video released by the advocacy group Human Rights Campaign.
In a break with her father, Ms. Bush, who lives in Manhattan, joins other prominent New Yorkers in calling on New York to legalize gay marriage, The New York Times reported Monday.
Human Rights Campaign said Barbara Bush’s position reflects a generational attitude, with a majority of young adults (18-34) supporting marriage for same-sex couples in New York.
She’s not the only daughter of a prominent Republican to be on the other side of what’s been a wedge issue in U.S. politics and red meat for conservative voters.
Meghan McCain, daughter of Arizona Senator John McCain, has also spoken out in support of gay marriage.
During his presidency, Bush called for a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages.
Former first lady Laura Bush has hinted that she may think along the same lines as her daughter. During a book promotion tour, Mrs. Bush said that she and the ex-president “disagree” on legalizing same-sex marriage.
Photo Credit: REUTERS/Chip East (former first daughter Barbara Bush participates in a panel discussion at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, Sept. 22, 2010)