Copyright c Baptist Press. Reprinted from Baptist Press www. Bush said Oct. Joseph Lieberman and Republican Dick Cheney "said they were sympathetically rethinking their views on same-sex relationships. Later, Lehrer asked Bush if he generally believed homosexuals "should have the same rights as other Americans?
George H.W. Bush official witness at gay marriage | Al Jazeera America
Mark Memmott. George H. Bush and his wife Barbara were among the guests last weekend at the marriage of two female friends in Maine. Bush, the nation's 41st president, was an official witness as well — he signed the couple's marriage license.
Opposed to 'gay marriage,' 'special rights,' Bush says
Bush took the stage in a small-town school gym in Indiana. It was October 28, right before the midterm elections, and Levine was a year-old White House advance aide. The flags hung just so, the big presidential seal on the podium.
The president said he decided to endorse an amendment because of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's recent decision granting marriage rights to same-sex couples, and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom's decision two weeks ago to begin giving marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. California high court may get same-sex marriage. Bush has been under pressure from social conservatives within his political base to come out in favor of such an amendment, several versions of which are floating around Capitol Hill.