Barbara Bush, the daughter of former President George W. Bush, has joined a list of well-known Republicans who support gay marriage.
According to media reports, Barbara appears in a 20-second advertisement that is featured on the Human Rights Campaign's website. The video is one of several testimonials from New Yorkers who support marriage equality. Whoopi Goldberg, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg are among the other participants in the campaign.
"New York is about fairness and equality and everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love. Join us," Barbara says in the video.
Although most GOP lawmakers oppose gay marriage, Barbara joins her mother Laura Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney and Cindy McCain, wife of Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.), as prominent conservatives who back equal rights for homosexuals. Mary Cheney, the former VP's daughter, is openly gay.
Although President Barack Obama opposed same-sex marriage during his 2008 presidential campaign, the commander-in-chief has indicated in recent months that his stance is "evolving." Eight states currently grant marriage licenses to gay couples, but under the Defense of Marriage Act — passed in 1996 — the Federal government cannot recognize these unions.