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Barbara Bush digs into gay marriage debate

The eldest of George W. Bush's twin daughters doesn't share the former president's opinions on the subject of gay marriage. Barbara Bush has backed a campaign for legalization of same-sex marriage in New York, and appears in a new video offering her support.

"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," Bush, 29, says in the video commercial.

The Los Angeles Times reported that in May, former First Lady Laura Bush went on "Larry King Live" and explained that she, unlike her husband, believes in same-sex marriages and abortion rights.

According to foxnews.com, Joe Solmonese, president of the Human Rights Campaign, a national gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender group that produced the video, says Bush's advocacy shows "equality knows no party label."

Barbara Bush rarely speaks out on American political issues. But for years, those close to Bush say, she has surrounded herself with gay friends — at Yale, where she was an undergraduate, and in New York City, where she worked in the design world.

C. Brian Smith, a friend from college who is gay, recalled that the Yale Bush attended was filled with openly gay students and unbothered by questions about sexuality.

After graduating from Yale, she launched the Global Health Corps to get students to go to cities in the United States and overseas for one year to help with health issues.

In the past other Republican women have taken stances in opposition to their famous male relatives. Former Republican presidential candidate John McCain opposes same-sex marriage, but his wife, Cindy, and daughter, Meghan, also have done public service announcements for the "No H8" campaign and supported repeal of the don't ask, don't tell rule against gays openly serving in the military.

The New York Times reports Mary Cheney, the lesbian daughter of Vice President ####### Cheney, has forcefully backed it as well — and is widely credited with helping to persuade her father to do the same.

But the Bush family didn't appear willing to approach the subject. Barbara Bush declined an interview request. A spokesman for George W. Bush said he had no comment. Barbara Bush's sister, Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for "Today," has not publicly discussed the topic.


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Barbara Bush needs her head examined.


"I want to take this opportunity to mention how thankful I am for an Obama re-election. The choice was clear. We cannot live in a country that treats homosexuals and women as second class citizens. Homosexuals deserve all of the rights and benefits of marriage that heterosexuals receive. Women deserve to be treated with respect and their salaries should not depend on their gender, but their quality of work. I am also thankful that the great, progressive state of California once again voted for the correct President. America is moving forward, and the direction is a positive one."

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Conservative Radio Host Allen Hunt Blames Yale for Barbara Bush Supporting Gay Marriage

Radio host Allen R. Hunt says Barbara Bush blindsided her parents by filming a video in support for marriage equality and likened it to finding out your child posed for Playboy in a drugstore.


“If my daughter did something like this, I’d say, ‘It’s not your fault sweetie. You do what you want to do, I’m not going to control you. It’s my fault for wasting money on Ivy league schools where this is what passes for education.’”

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I wondered, what does the Republican base think about this? I went over to Free Republic and here are some excerpts from their thread on this subject:

What is it about these rich, country club off-spring of the Republican elites?? Too much time with the nannys and not enough time with mom and dad...?

1 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:23:56 PM by floridavoter2

I love my dog more than anything else. What about me?

2 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:25:55 PM by blackdog

W Bush is the ONLY conservative in that family, for what’s that worth.....his wife is a Democrat, so is this daughter.....i PITY him.

4 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:26:53 PM by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)

I think it is just generational as if you were ask people under 35 you might find that 65 support gay marriage and 65% of the people above 40 would oppose gay marriage.

8 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:28:14 PM by trumandogz

The Bush women have big cojones. Too bad the men don’t.

11 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:31:22 PM by littleharbour

Why does anyone expect anyone to care more about her opinion than any other late 20’s rich girl from somewhere she’s likely embarrassed of, with an inflated sense of entitlement via an education from a prestigious university, and ‘creative’ career aspirations in New York City?

15 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:40:09 PM by OldNewYork (social justice isn't justice; it's just socialism)

I wonder if she believes that siblings should be allowed to marry each other.

16 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:40:48 PM by Isabel C.

Young Barbara Bush, at 22, was brought up rich, sheltered and pampered, so, like many people her age, she probably has no idea what she’s really talking about. She likely thinks that advocating for the right of homosexuals legally ‘marry’ each other is a cost-free way to appear ‘open-minded’, ‘cool’ and, all together now: ‘fair’! That young Barbara Bush is advocating for the cheapening of God-ordained marriage and the mockery of such an institution probably never entered her head, nor will it. Sad.

18 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:42:14 PM by Jim Scott

What a nitwit. Really, Barbara? Should you be allowed to marry your sister? Or your father? If the man you love is already married, should you be allowed to marry him anyway?

Grow up, young lady.

19 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 6:49:07 PM by American Quilter (The urge to save humanity is nearly always a cover for the urge to rule. - H.L. Mencken)

You would be shocked at the stupid things I believed when I was 22, idealistic, and thought the world was full of hope and promise.

For example, I thought that all prisoners could be reformed, if only we gave them counseling, support, and training for a good job.

Let us forgive our young for being inexperienced, and ignorant of the human condition. Our best colleges are probably more to blame than parents for their fallacious beliefs.

23 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 7:00:10 PM by jacquej

Twenty-somethings are STUPID on social issues. Driven by hormones and the delusion that they will live forever.

26 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 7:13:55 PM by heye2monn

The empty headed comment that ..."everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love," is utter nonsense! The genitalia of men and women are made for union. You cannot achieve union with the genitalia of two men or the genitalia of two women; it defies natural law and physics. It cannot be!

30 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 7:27:33 PM by olezip

Maybe she has the hots for Rosie O’Donnell.

38 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 7:54:47 PM by Venturer

Kids. Gotta love em even when they’re wrong.

42 posted on Tuesday, February 01, 2011 8:48:27 PM by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)

That would be an interesting 4-way lez-fest, wouldn't it? :P

No. Please, no Ann Coulter. That would be like fukcing a corpse.

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I wondered, what does the Republican base think about this? I went over to Free Republic and here are some excerpts from their thread on this subject:

No. Please, no Ann Coulter. That would be like fukcing a corpse.

Do you think they like men? :unsure:

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