Barbara Bush, in a Split from Her Father, Endorses Same-Sex Marriage

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In a break from her father’s politics, Barbara Bush, daughter of Republican President George W. Bush, has publicly expressed her support for gay marriage.

Having grown up under the spotlight with both a grandfather and father in the Oval Office, she is now vocally advocating for something that Bush 43 wanted constitutionally banned.

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“New York is about fairness and equality,” says Barbara, who lives in Manhattan, in a YouTube video. “And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.” The video was filmed for the Human Rights Campaign, which will show it at a gala in New York City on Feb. 5.

Barbara isn’t the first family member of a conservative politician to support same-sex marriage. Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain, has supported it, as has her mother, Cindy McCain. Barbara’s mother Laura Bush has reportedly touched on her support for the issue. And Mary Cheney, daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, is a lesbian and campaigns for legalizing same-sex marriage.

It’s certainly not unusual for a family to disagree on social issues. But the next Bush reunion might be a little awkward. (via New York Times)

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