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Barbara Bush, one of the twin daughters of President George W. Bush and his wife, Laura, is making public her support of gay marriage, a stand that is at odds with her father's position on gay marriage.

In a video released Monday, Barbara Bush says: "I am Barbara Bush, and I am 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."

The video was produced by an advocacy group called the Human Rights Campaign as part of the New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign.

Like many conservatives, Barbara Bush's father has spoken out against gay marriage. In a presidential debate in 2004, George Bush said: "I think it's very important that we protect marriage as an institution between a man and a woman. I proposed a constitutional amendment. The reason I did so was because I was worried that activist judges are actually defining the definition of marriage. And the surest way to protect marriage between a man and woman is to amend the Constitution."

He has not indicated that his position has changed, but his wife said in an interview with Larry King in May, "When couples are committed to each other and love each other . . . they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has."

The New Yorkers for Marriage Equality campaign is releasing videos of celebrities making statements in support of same-sex marriage. Among those who have made videos are Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Kyra Sedgwick and Kevin Bacon, Fran Drescher, Moby, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, Julianne Moore and Kenneth Cole.
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NowStopIt

I dont understand this thing with the bible stuff. Why dont they just stay out ouf it or tax them all. Its funny how the have they opinion only when its convenient for them.

March 06 2011 at 6:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
fvesony1

I don't believe open gay marriage because the bible never say that word two mens and two womens are allow marriage no break law verson Genesis 1:27 man between a woman therefore...

February 23 2011 at 3:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary Halperin

Hurray for Barbara. It's time for every American to enjoy the same rights. If any group or religion insists on institutionalizing its views then we do not have a democracy... we have the same type of government as in Iran. A country run by religious zealots who do not respect the right to freedom of religion as guaranteed in our Constitution.

The backwardness and bigotry of people who insist that homosexuals are deviants is hard to accept as anything but ignorance. I say leave others alone to live their lives just as we expect to live our lives. Democracy means tolerance for the idea we hate.

February 23 2011 at 3:14 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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AZ Stang

Look up the definition of Democracy, Mary...

March 07 2011 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
willoughbe

not only do i believe in same marriage between two adults of the same gender , i also believe that those studing to become catholic priests and do and are, should be able to be married and have families, not only that but women should also be ordained if they meet the requirements. after all we are all gods children and im quite sure he or she doesnt play favorites.

February 23 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
lmonta

Republicans want the government out of peoples lives until it is something that there are against.

February 06 2011 at 7:48 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
kukboyce

Go Barbara Bush, Jr. for supporting Gay Marriage. You are my hero!!!!

February 01 2011 at 8:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
tplapper

Early Christians shacked up while Jews had a marriage ceremony. Marriage ceremonies among Christians didn't arrive until the 7th century.

February 01 2011 at 3:28 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
John Vilvens

Same sex unions are fine. But marriage is a bond between a man and a woman created by churchs. I would stand 100% behind same sex unions but not same sex marriages. Leave religion out of this.

February 01 2011 at 11:08 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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Margaret

Wrong. Marriage was around a looooong time before churches got involved. Do you need to get married in a church? CAN you get married in a church without a government state, county or city marriage certificate? Yeah, let's just keep religion out of the equation and just think of CIVIL RIGHTS.

February 01 2011 at 3:14 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
exnyorker

It is NOT required to "Sanctify"/perform MARRIAGE in a Church or by any clergyman. A certificate of *MARRIAGE* is obtained and certified by the local GOVERNMENT clerk or official. Your point is pointless, Cupcake.

February 01 2011 at 3:57 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
twsm1th

Why is this news? You don't post the opinions of other 20somethings. Ms Bush is entitled to her opinion. Many people of her generation disagree with their parents views on most things. Civil Unions to protect rights for benefits or other perogatives of spouses yes, marriage no.

February 01 2011 at 10:22 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply
Mr. Alan

While I may not favor same-sex unions it's really none of my business; at least not until the government, any government, decides that such unions be institutionalized and/or sanctioned by law. That's a bad idea. Because if it's none of my business, it's none of the government's either.

February 01 2011 at 8:34 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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