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Barbara Bush Joins New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign

Barbara Bush Joins New Yorkers for Marriage Equality Campaign

Barbara Bush has recorded a video in support of the Human Rights Campaign’s New Yorkers for Marriage Equality drive to show her support for legalizing gay marriage in the state.

Watch the video below:

As the daughter of former president George W. Bush who made his stance against gay marriage an issue in his 2004 reelection campaign, Barbara continues a trend set by the children of other high profiled GOP members, such as John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain, in advocating for marriage equality.

The HRC website notes

“Barbara Bush joins prominent Republicans like her mother Laura Bush as well as Dick Cheney and Ted Olson as supporters of marriage equality.  Her position also reflects her generation with 68% of New Yorkers between the ages of 18-34 supporting marriage for same-sex couples.


A January 2011 Siena Research Institute Poll found 57% of New Yorkers support marriage equality.  In another poll released today by Quinnipiac University, New Yorkers support marriage equality by the highest margin ever in that poll (56% to 37% opposed).

You can read about Laura Bush’s support for marriage equality here.

Last week saw the HRC release Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s contribution to the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign. You can watch it here.

This is the twelfth video in the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality series. Other names who have given their support to the cause include Whoopi Goldberg, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Fran Drescher, Moby, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole, and more will add their voices in the coming weeks as the state’s legislators gear up to once again consider the issue of marriage equality. 

You can find out more information at New Yorkers for Marriage Equality.

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2:35AM PST on Mar 8, 2011

My country (Sweden) introduced same sex legal partnerships several years ago, and last year the Church of Sweden (which is detached from the state, but the religious institution most people belong to) introduced same sex marriages. Guess what - nothing major happened. No floods, no all consuming fires... no flying pigs... just a few more happy people :-)

8:02PM PST on Feb 8, 2011

noted and thanx

3:15AM PST on Feb 8, 2011

Her dad wanted to muzzle her or something. I'm glad she is speaking up professionally. Something her dad didn't have... professionalism.

2:06AM PST on Feb 7, 2011

You go girl!

9:28PM PST on Feb 4, 2011

A question to Thobekile Sibindi, do you kill your sons when they disobey, do you eat pork or shellfish, do you go for purification 7 days after your period? If you don't follow these rules then quit condemning homosexuals.

9:12PM PST on Feb 4, 2011

It is interesting that these young offspring of some hi profile individuals make more sense than their elders.

5:57PM PST on Feb 4, 2011

Kudos, Barbara! I am pleasantly surprised.

8:39AM PST on Feb 4, 2011

Robin D, apparently you're not a Christian. Where does Jesus say anything against gay people? Nowhere. He does condemn the rich & religious hypocrites very soundly though - do you speak out against them (you)? Anything in the Bible that is not equal to what Jesus said in the Gospels is just old tribal religion lore or one man's ravings, not Jesus's.

Jesus said it was a sin to judge others & to not love your neighbor as yourself, so it would seem by his teachings you are quite a sinner yourself. People like you give Christianity a bad name (actually, most of what passes itself off as 'Christianity' is a contradiction to what Jesus taught, but, instead is actually the religion of the neurotic Paul, who said women should remain silent & obey husbands too, & the sex-obsessed mysogenist Augustine - those 2 form the basis of orthodox Christianity today, sadly).

If you actually believe in the Old Testament laws you are in very dire straits yourself most likely because it says a woman who wears men's clothes, like pants, is an abomination, as is eating shellfish, a son who disrepects his parents should be killed, as should a woman (not a man, of course) who is not a virgin when she marries (that would wipe out most of the female human species right there - how about you?). If you are going to apply these outdated laws abrogated by Jesus then you shouldn't be a hypocrite but apply them all to yourself too, but you fundamentalists don't do that, do you?

7:20AM PST on Feb 4, 2011

good for her!

2:54PM PST on Feb 3, 2011

I'm glad to see that not all the Bushes are conservative, ten-gallon hat, overgrown fratboys. Oh I'm sorry, that's just their father.

Alice B., you said a mouthful and thank goodness for that! I agree with you and want to add that people that are anti-gay, anti-minority, etc., are those that for the most part are feebleminded, intolerant bigots that take outdated stereotypes as gospel truth and allow themselves to be spoon fed hate based, alarmist propaganda by other hateful, bigots that have nothing else better to do with their time than target those they classify as being less than human and feel threatened by.

Robin D. you have the right to your beliefs and opinions, just as anybody else does, but don't use them as an excuse to be a narrowminded and hateful idiot. Yes I said idiot and you proved yourself to be one by using the slur "homo" to describe people you obviously hate for no other reason probably than the fact that their lifestyle makes you feel uncomfortable. I believe the bible also says to love your neighbor, but maybe that page is missing from the bible you are so zealously thumping as you spread your intolerance.

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