Updated at 10:08 a.m. on February 1.
Former President George W. Bush is finding himself at odds ideologically with his daughter Barbara, who endorses marriage equality in an advertisement released this morning.
Bush has been a staunch opponent of gay marriage, supporting a constitutional amendment that would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. The younger Bush appears in the video, from the Human Rights Campaign, calling for the legalization of gay marriage in New York, where she lives.
“New York is about fairness and equality. And everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love,” Barbara said. “Join us.”
A bill legalizing gay marriage failed to pass in the state’s legislature in 2009.
Bush’s daughter is not the first in the family to break ranks. In a Larry King Interview, Laura Bush said when it comes to gay marriage, they disagree. “I think 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 that they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has,” she said.
In 2009, former Vice President Dick Cheney implied his support for same-sex marriage while at a National Press Club event.
“I think that freedom means freedom for everyone,” Cheney said. “As many of you know, one of my daughters is gay, and it is something we have lived with for a long time in our family. I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish. Any kind of arrangement they wish. The question of whether or not there ought to be a federal statute to protect this, I don't support. I do believe that the historically the way marriage has been regulated is at the state level. It has always been a state issue and I think that is the way it ought to be handled, on a state-by-state basis.... But I don't have any problem with that. People ought to get a shot at that.”
Bush isn’t the only opponent of gay marriage to have a family member go rogue. Meghan McCain, daughter of 2008 Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, has been a vocal advocate of same-sex marriage.
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