Laura Bush and Same-Sex Marriage

Laura Bush has “come out” in support of same-sex marriage, joining Cindy McCain in the “wives of famous conservative Republican political leaders who disagree with their husbands on gay rights” camp. In an interview with CNN’s Larry King, Mrs. Bush openly stated that she supports same-sex marriage. Watch the clip below:

This is noteworthy, of course, because Mrs. Bush’s husband, former President George W. Bush, actually called for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibiting same-sex marriage while in office. Here’s what she had to say:

“I think that there are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that, because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman. But I also know that 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.

Asked about how this squares with her husband’s very local opposition to same-sex marriage, Laura gave a polite and conciliatory answer:

“I guess that would be an area that we disagree. I understand totally what George thinks, and what other people think, about marriage being between a man and a woman. And it’s a real reversal for that, to accept gay marriage. But I think we could. I think it’s also a generational thing, that will come.”

I’m not going to jump on the bandwagon of gay rights activists who will no doubt ask, “Where was this support when your husband was in office?” The bottom line is, as a politician’s spouse, there’s a certain amount of support that you’re expected to give. I wouldn’t expect a public disagreement over something that was a major issue in the campaign, particularly when the conservative movement is very clear on their position.

I’m just glad she’s speaking out now, sharing her personal views, and lending her vocal support to the issue. Thanks, Mrs. Bush.

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