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Laura Bush, Other GOPers Support Equality

May 12, 2010

Being legally married means a lot of things, but it doesn’t mean seeing eye to eye on every issue, as Laura Bush demonstrated yesterday on Larry King Live when she spoke in favor of same-sex marraige – a stance at odds with the views of her husband, former President George W. Bush.

She also demonstrated that marriage equality is not a partisan issue. The support of LGBT rights is commonly associated with the Democratic Party, but Laura Bush is not alone among well-known Republians in her support of same-sex marriage. Cindy McCain and Meghan McCain, the wife and daughter of 2008 presidential candidate John McCain, both posed for photos for the NOH8 campaign, which protests the loss of marriage equality in California. And don’t forget that two Republican Members of Congress have come out as gay while in office: Rep. Steve Gunderson of Wisconsin and Rep. Jim Kolbe of Arizona.

In Illinois, Judy Baar Topinka, former treasurer and former state Republican Party chairwoman, spoke out for civil unions for same-sex couples (but not marriage) when she ran for governor in 2006. (She is now running for comptroller).

Illinois is also home to a chapter of the Log Cabin Republicans, a Republican group that advocates for lgbt rights, including marriage equality. The Illiniois Coalition for the Freedom to Marry is non-partisan. We need support from members of all political parties in order to succeed.