Young Barbara Bush, the 29-year-old daughter of former President George W. Bush, has gone against the family grain and come out with a video supporting gay marriage.
Wonder how that will affect family dinners in Kennebunkport this summer?
True, it might not earn admiration from some of the more conservative members of her family, but it shows her true dedication. If she is willing to go against what her family thinks, then she must really believe it. Her twin sister -- Jenna Bush Hager, a correspondent for Today -- has not openly said much of anything. But Bush is not the first member of a prominent Republican family to support gay marriage.
Both Meghan McCain, daughter of John McCain, the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, and Mary Cheney, lesbian daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, have publicly backed same-sex marriage. Cheney even changed her father's mind on the issue.
Here is Bush's 22-second video:
"I am Barbara Bush, and I am a New Yorker for marriage equality," she says in the brief message, sponsored by an advocacy group. "New York is about fairness and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love."
According to The New York Times, Barbara Bush has always openly been supportive of homosexuals both at Yale where she had many gay friends and then in New York.
C. Brian Smith, a friend from college who is gay, recalled that the Yale Ms. Bush inhabited was filled with openly gay students and unbothered by questions about sexuality. "She had that mind-set," he said. "She was loved by the gay community at Yale."
I always knew I loved those Bush girls! It takes a lot of courage and intelligence to go against the family political grain. Even when I disagree with a person, if I learn they came to their conclusions independently of their parents (say the Republican child of Democrat parents), then I can at least respect it.
Going against your parents' beliefs shows you can think for yourself. It shows you read what is out there and you make your own decisions. It's the sign of a person who is actually intelligent and doesn't merely do as they are told.
Barbara Bush is correct. Everyone should have the right to marry. And watching the younger generation of conservative politicians use their hearts and brains instead of their fears and prejudice is pretty heartening.
There is hope yet!
Do you have the same beliefs as your parents?
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