Who says the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree? Such a notion is, um, nuts. At least as it pertains to a former first family.
During his presidency, George W. Bush made his stance on gay marriage known time and time again. He believed the institution was reserved for a man and a woman. Period. But it appears that at least one of his twin daughters doesn’t see the hot topic the same way as he does. And she recently took to YouTube to make that known. The first line she delivers in the video couldn’t be more clear.
“I am Barbara Bush,” the young Republican begins, “and I am a New Yorker for marriage equality.”
I suppose now is a good time to offer this: My name is John Osborne. And I’m a Tennessean for marriage equality.
I’ve never understood the big deal here. Two people love each other. They want to make a commitment to better their lives, as well as to gain some logistical advantages granted by the institution reserved for the most serious of commitments. Yet people won’t allow it. Why?
My state is backwards. Tennessee Amendment 1 of 2006 is a “defense of marriage” amendment that explicitly states that only a marriage between a man and a woman can be recognized in Tennessee. But that hasn’t stopped my cousin, David, and his partner, Frank, from carving out a wonderful life together. They’ve been partners for over 25 years and just recently, they’ve become parents to an adorable 1-year-old.
I had the honor of spending time with them the first week of the year and finally met their child. I couldn’t be happier for the three of them. That toddler is extremely lucky to have two such well-adjusted, intelligent and loving parents.
It’s too bad Tennessee won’t legally recognize David and Frank’s commitment to one another. Maybe if more folks like Barbara Bush speak up, that will eventually change.
Below is the video Barbara made in conjunction with New Yorkers For Marriage Equality. Way to go, Barbara!
Source: Huffington Post