New York (AP) - Former President George W. Bush's daughter Barbara has announced her support for gay marriage, breaking with her father on a key social issue but joining her mother and other prominent Republicans who back same-sex unions.
The Human Rights Campaign, a national gay rights organization, released a video Tuesday featuring the 29-year old Bush, a
"I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality," Bush says in the video. "
Paul Guequierre, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, said the video was produced to help promote efforts to win same-sex marriage rights in
Barbara Bush's advocacy for gay marriage is a sharp departure from her father's position on the issue.
The former president was an opponent of same-sex marriage and in 2004 announced his support for a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw it. But his wife, former first lady Laura Bush, has said she supports gay marriage as does former Vice President Dick Cheney, whose daughter Mary is gay.
Advocates say they approached Bush to appear in the video after she attended a fundraiser for the American Foundation for Equal Rights, an organization created to challenge California's Proposition 8, a 2008 ballot initiative that struck down gay marriage in that state. The group was founded by attorney Ted Olson, a prominent Republican who with Democratic attorney David Boies challenged Proposition 8 in federal court.
Barbara Bush's twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, has not indicated her position on gay marriage.