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Bush twin endorses marriage equality

Timothy Kincaid

January 31st, 2011

Barbara Bush, one of George W. Bush’s daughters, has recorded an endorsement for marriage equality. (NYTimes)

Ms. Bush, 29, has taped a video calling on New York to legalize gay marriage. A bill to do that was defeated in the state in 2009. She describes the issue as a matter of conscience and equality.

“I am Barbara Bush, and I am a New Yorker for marriage equality,” she says in the brief message, sponsored by an advocacy group. “New York is about fairness and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.”

The video ends with Ms Bush, who lives in Manhattan, imploring the state’s residents to “join us.”

Barbara joins her mother, Laura Bush, and Cindy and Meghan McCain in taking a public stance in favor of marriage equality. This visibility is of tremendous importance as it gives elected Republicans, especially women or younger representatives, visible examples of “good Republicans” who support equality and helps break down partisan presumption on the issue. In New York, we very much need the vote of some Republicans in the Senate.

UPDATE: Here’s the video

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customartist
February 1st, 2011 | LINK

Where was her voice, and the other so called “Good Republicans” whilst her Father rallied so heavily against Equality, and making his living on the backs of Gay American Taxpayers?

Where, I ask you, are the “Good Republican Legislators”??? They are Inexistent! – The same place that they will find my Vote!

Do not be fooled by Republican-Affilliates, who cannot legislate for Equality, but who Do Vote for those who legislate against Equality virtually Categorically.

Miss Bush Will Surely Vote for the next Republican candidate for President, so her words are completely worthless! Too little, too late!

Priya Lynn
February 1st, 2011 | LINK

You may be right customartist, on the other hand, perhaps her role will be like that of the log cabin republicans. People thought they were useless and sleeping with the enemy, but their “change from within” philosophy did result in the very useful court challenge to Don’t ask Don’t tell.

Steve
February 1st, 2011 | LINK

My feeling is that some support is better than no support. Sure, she will probably tow the Republican line on many other issues, but at least she is dissenting on this one point which is helpful for our cause. Her viewpoint will cause cracks in the Republican foundation. I suspect that many young Republicans are not as opposed to gay marriage as are the old cronies that run the party. If the Republican party is to succeed in the future it really needs to pick its battles carefully. I don’t think that waging a war on gay marriage is going to attract newcomers to the party especially when there are more relevant and important issues to address.

Reed B
February 1st, 2011 | LINK

If her support is to be anything other than yet another instance of “lip service,” she’ll publicly change her Republican party registration.
The Republican platform remains opposed to LGBT equality and the party continues to exploit “fear the queer” for fund-raising.
Nice as Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, and Meaghan McCain’s statements are, they continue to choose to remain “part of the problem” with the specious notion that the glacially-slow “change the party from within” strategy will achieve anything within the next 15 years.

L. Junius Brutus
February 1st, 2011 | LINK

Reed B: “If her support is to be anything other than yet another instance of “lip service,” she’ll publicly change her Republican party registration.”

Are you aware of the fact that there are other issues than this one? And that people don’t owe you anything, that you should be glad for this person’s support?

Allure
February 2nd, 2011 | LINK

I understand the anger and frustration expressed above, BUT every positive step (and you don’t really think of this as a negative step, do you?) builds momentum. Eventually, constant forward pressure will burst the dam.

Meanwhile, I have some adjustments to make in my opinion of this woman…

Ryan
February 3rd, 2011 | LINK

Yet another Republican who waits until their opinion doesn’t matter before giving it. Whoopee.

L. Junius Brutus
February 3rd, 2011 | LINK

I swear, if all Republicans (for whatever reason) turned into supporters of gay marriage TOMORROW, some people would find something to whine and bitch about anyway.

A.
February 10th, 2011 | LINK

I had not planned on commenting on this one…
till I saw the great big ann coulter ad blinking next to it ^^
“Be the first to read Ann’s column every week!”

yuck.

*checks to make sure she’s on the right blog*

Timothy Kincaid
February 17th, 2011 | LINK

A,

I’m often amused at what ads are triggered by our content

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