The Bush Family On Civil Rights
Via Pam Spaulding: only a hypocrite like Bush would say something as shocking as this to Barney Frank.
Before the State of the Union, Frank was talking to his boyfriend on the phone. Bush grabbed the phone to say hello.
After the speech, Frank said, he felt he had to tell Bush what he had done. After all, the president opposes gay marriage, and gay rights groups do not see the president as an ally.
Frank sought out the president, who put his hand on the back of the congressman's head to hear him more clearly in the noisy, crowded room.
"Mr. President, by the way, the person I was talking to when you said to say hello was my boyfriend,'' Frank said he told the commander-in-chief.
"Well. I hope you said how open-minded I am,'' Frank said the president replied.
The Decider refuses to listen to people with dissenting opinions. His definition of "open-minded" is rather bizarre.
Bush attempted to constitutionally ban gay marriage. Bush used gay marriage as a wedge issue to bring out Christian conservative voters.
"The union of a man and a woman is the most enduring human institution, honored and encouraged in all cultures and by every religious faith," Bush said.
"Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society."
Bush's grandfather Prescott was a pro-civil rights Republican. Prescott Bush voted for the Peace Corps and to censure Joseph McCarthy. The Bush family political history follows the downward spiral of the conscious of the GOP.