Laura Bush, wife of former President George W. Bush, does support marriage equality. The fact that Mrs. Bush asked to have this clip removed from a Freedom to Marry advertisement does not change her stated position. Colin Powell and Darth Vader himself, Dick Cheney, support marriage equality. That is an issue of fact.
Someone needs to explain this to Frank Schubert, political director for National Organization for Marriage. In an email blast authored by Schubert:
One of the tactics that homosexual advocates have taken to advance
their “inevitability” strategy in recent months is aimed right at a core
element of our base of supporters — people who consider themselves
Republicans. Just last week a coalition of gay groups including the
Human Rights Campaign (HRC) began an advertising campaign touting
statements from various former GOP officials like Colin Powell and Dick
Perhaps Laura Bush, who was also featured in the ad from the
misnamed “Respect for Marriage” coalition, didn’t get the memo on
inevitability. Immediately after learning that she had been featured in
their ad, she demanded that her image and comments be removed. The HRC
coalition had little choice but to comply.
I don’t know why Mrs. Bush wanted her image removed from the ad. She said what she said. The coalition did have a choice. However, out of respect for Mrs. Bush, they chose to remove her clip.
More importantly, people
Just this week, John Huntsman came out in favor of marriage equality. Indeed, The New York Times reports:
Dozens of prominent Republicans — including top advisers to former
President George W. Bush, four former governors and two members of
Congress — have signed a legal brief arguing that gay people have a
constitutional right to marry, a position that amounts to a direct
challenge to Speaker John A. Boehner and reflects the civil war in the party since the November election.
Mr. Schubert is not an employee of National Organization for Marriage. He is a contractor who reportedly raked in several million dollars in fees last year. Schubert’s biggest looming problem is inevitability. Nobody wants to donate to an organization that is doomed to failure. NOM is doomed. It’s only a matter of time.
National marriage equality is inevitable!