Former First Lady Laura Bush has made waves with recent revelations that she encouraged her husband not to campaign on outlawing gay marriage in the 2004 presidential campaign and expressing support for same-sex marriages. During promotional appearances for her new book, Spoken from the Heart, Bush has suggested that same-sex marriage was inevitable and expressed concern that political debates have “end[ed] up denigrating a certain group of people.”
Well now, a gay rights group in Texas has launched a Facebook campaign taking Bush at her word, and urging her to attend Dallas’ gay pride parade on September 19, 2010. “While some have criticized Mrs. Bush for not speaking up sooner, if she is serious about standing up for what is right, we welcome her to the cause,” the group says. “Let’s draft her as a guest of honor for the 2010 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade on Sunday, September 19, 2010 in Lee Park!”
While the group recognizes that it’s unlikely that Bush would attend the parade, many believe “it would be a great thing for our community if she would,” possibly changing the opinions of prominent conservative politicians. The group was created several days ago and has just over 200 followers.