Voice for Equality: Laura Bush

Laura Bush is the wife of the forty-third President of the United States, George W. Bush, and was the First Lady of the United States from January 20, 2001 to January 20, 2009.

Laura Bush has had a love for books and reading since childhood, and her life and education have reflected that interest. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in 1968 with a Bachelor's degree in education, and soon took a job as a second grade school teacher. After attaining her Master's degree in Library Science at the University of Texas at Austin, she was employed as a librarian. She met George Walker Bush in 1977, and they were married later that year. In 1981, the couple had twin daughters.

Bush's political involvement began with her marriage. She campaigned in her husband's unsuccessful 1978 run for the United States Congress and later his successful Texas gubernatorial campaign. As First Lady of Texas, Bush implemented many initiatives focused on health, education, and literacy. In 1999, she aided her husband in campaigning for the presidency of the United States in a number of ways, most notably delivering a keynote address at the 2000 Republican National Convention; this gained her national attention. She became first lady after her husband defeated Democrat Al Gore in the 2000 election.

Polled by Gallup as one of the most popular first ladies, Laura Bush was involved in topics of both national and global concern during her tenure. She continued to advance her trademark interests of education and literacy by establishing the annual National Book Festival in 2001 and encouraged education on a worldwide scale. She also advanced women's causes through The Heart Truth and Susan G. Komen for the Cure. She represented the United States during her foreign trips, which tended to focus on HIV/AIDS and malaria awareness. Learn more [here].

As posted May 12, 2010 by Andy Towle on Towleroad:

"Former First Lady Laura Bush discussed her views on the freedom to marry...on Larry King last night. She said committed gay couples should have the same rights as everyone else and believes acceptance of it is a 'generational thing.'" 

Video with h/t to Good As You:

"In late April I posted an excerpt from her new book, which said, 'In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was the freedom to marry. Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making marriage equality a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead.'” [Link]

Freedom to Marry salutes former First Lady, Laura Bush, as a Voice for Equality!

If Mrs. Bush's support inspires you, take action by signing the Freedom to Marry Pledge!