So, is Bush trying to stop the voter slide by saying the GOP is wrong for not supporting civil unions? The folks on the Right are really going to choke on that. Naturally, this doesn’t address the inequity of over 1000 federal benefits conveyed with civil marriage that gay couples are denied with a mere civil union.
Mr. Bush has previously said that states should be permitted to allow same-sex unions, even though White House officials have said he would not have endorsed such unions as governor of Texas. But Mr. Bush has never before made a point of so publicly disagreeing with his party’s official position on the issue.
In an interview on Sunday with Charles Gibson, an anchor of “Good Morning America” on ABC, Mr. Bush said, “I don’t think we should deny people rights to a civil union, a legal arrangement, if that’s what a state chooses to do so.” ABC, which broadcast part of the interview on Monday, is to broadcast the part about civil unions on Tuesday.
According to an ABC transcript, Mr. Gibson then noted to Mr. Bush that the Republican Party platform opposed civil unions.
“Well, I don’t,” Mr. Bush replied.
He added: “I view the definition of marriage different from legal arrangements that enable people to have rights. And I strongly believe that marriage ought to be defined as between a union between a man and a woman. Now, having said that, states ought to be able to have the right to pass laws that enable people to be able to have rights like others.”
Mr. Gibson then asked, “So the Republican platform on that point, as far as you’re concerned, is wrong?”
“Right,” Mr. Bush replied.