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Laura Bush on Marriage Equality

Jim Burroway

May 12th, 2010

I may be parsing words a bit too closely, but what I hear is that she recognizes the need for partnership rights. However, she is speaking overall about same-sex marriage and that the opposition to it is a “generational thing” for people who have difficulty adjusting their religious views to meet the real world. It’s too bad no one listened to her or the Cheneys in 2004. It’s also too bad she and the Cheneys weren’t more vocal about this in 2004.

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JFE
May 12th, 2010 | LINK

This should never have been on TV. This is way too civil and understanding. :)

Paul in Canada
May 12th, 2010 | LINK

I’m shocked!

How’s is it they’re married? ‘-)

Lindoro Almaviva
May 12th, 2010 | LINK

It’s too bad no one listened to her or the Cheneys in 2004.

well, to be honest, what did you expect? The republican party was not going to listen to anyone except to the son of a gay man himself, who apparently could not do anything to honor the memory of his own father.

It’s also too bad she and the Cheneys weren’t more vocal about this in 2004.

This is where I actually draw the line. The Chenneys did talk about it, and recoiled. Laura Bush kept silent and with her silence she supported what her husband stood for. now she is trying to tell how she is not really a bigot and she wanted to leave this alone. I want to believe her, but given how McCain’s own daughter stood up to her father and the party because she believed different, i just don’t.

If she wanted, she could have stood to her own husband and the party. She is her own woman and has her own mind, yet she stepped right into the 50′s and allowed her husband to speak for her. Just like Cindy & Meghan McCain stood up for equality on the face of much criticism, she could have done the same thing, but she didn’t.

This smells like a too little too late attempt to even the score.

Timothy Kincaid
May 12th, 2010 | LINK

I think that Laura Bush’s statements, along with those of Cindy McCain, help create (or, perhaps, support) a perception that women – even Republican women, even wives of conservative Republicans – should support marriage equality.

And while gender-gap issues can at times be troublesome, if there was a general acceptance of the idea that Republican women support equality, we win (assuming we can get/keep the Democrats of both sexes on our side).

Paul in Canada
May 12th, 2010 | LINK

I especially liked her insight early on in the ‘clip’ that resistence is probably ‘generational’.

Ben in Oakland
May 12th, 2010 | LINK

I would like to make one small correction to the record. As much as I dislike bush and everything he stands and stood for, he actually DID issue a statement supporting gay relationships. I used to have it on my refrigerator, but I can’t find it now. something to the effect that, while marriage should be reserved for opposites, if a state wanted to recognize same sex relationships, they should be able to, and the gay people should hve the same rights as others.

Priya Lynn
May 12th, 2010 | LINK

Yes, that was really big of him – gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry but they should have the “same” rights as others.

occono
May 12th, 2010 | LINK

No, he didn’t. He said States should have the right to legalise Civil Unions if they wish and not have them banned by his Federal Marriage Amendment, but he personally did not approve of them or want them legalised.

Lindoro Almaviva
May 12th, 2010 | LINK

Well,as my mother used to say, there is a great distance between the paper and reality. He might’ve said/written that gay people were deserving of the same rights as every other American but his actions spoke of his belief that we certainly do not deserve them.

You can no say that we are deserving of rights then champion a constitutional amendment seeking to take those rights away.

If I ever come across that proclamation I will make sure to keep it in my bathroom for emergencies.

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