Earlier today, there was a news report that Barbara Bush, the daughter of Bush-43, was endorsing same-sex marriage in her new home state of New York, where she runs a nonprofit health organization. In a video released by The Human Rights Campaign, Bush said:
- “I’m a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality and everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love.”
The video was released in connection with a legislative effort in New York to legalize gay marriage. Last year, a similar effort in NY succeeded in the State House, but was voted down in the State Senate. Although Barbara appears to be giving unqualified support for gay marriage, a close reading of her statement suggests that she might be limiting her argument to New York.
Obviously Barbara is famous as a Texan, and gay marriage in Texas was resoundingly defeated by the Texas voters in 2005 when they voted to amend the Texas Constitution to limit marriage to the union of one man and one women. Proposition Two was supported by 76% of the voters and passed in 253 of 254 counties, with Travis County being the only outlier.
I hope that Barbara in her statement isn’t suggesting that Texans aren’t “about fairness and equality.” According to the American judicial system, each state has the right to decide whether to recognize same-sex marriage, and Texans have clearly exercised their right.
As Rick Perry opined in his book, Fed Up, people who like same-sex marriage and don’t like a lot of guns can either choose to live somewhere other than Texas or they can work toward changing the laws in Texas. I don’t think there is any question that Texas will eventually legalize same-sex marriage, but that legalization should come when the people are ready for it. I hope the rest of the country respects our decision and doesn’t start threatening boycotts, like they did will the MLK-holiday issue.