Conservatives on the Freedom to Marry

Conservatives support the freedom to marry for several reasons: Belief in limited government and individual freedom; a desire to treat others as they wish to be treated; and an understanding that supporting family values means valuing all families.

Barbara Bush, daughter of President George W. Bush:
 
"I'm Barbara Bush, and I'm a New Yorker for marriage equality. New York is about fairness and equality and everyone should have the right to marry the person that they love." (Source)

Laura Bush, former First Lady:
 
"There are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman. But I also know that, you know, when couples are committed to each other and love each other, that they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has." (Source)

Dick Cheney, Former Vice President of the United States:
 
"I think freedom means freedom for everyone...I think people ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish." (Source)

Margaret Hoover, CNN political contributor:
 
"To be sure, there's a long way to go before the Republican Party fully embraces these values and is consistent about being the party of individual freedom, but I'm glad to see more and more of my fellow Republicans on the right side of history." (Source)

Meghan McCain, daughter of Senator John McCain:

"For me, this is about treating all of my friends and all of our brothers, sisters, children and grandchildren the same as I want to be treated. Equality under the law and personal freedoms are what make America the greatest country in the world and they are core values that I hold as a Republican." (Source)

Ken Mehlman, Former RNC Chairman:
 
"Issues like the freedom to marry, the right to marry, it’s consistent with the Republican philosophy." (Source)

Colin Powell, Former Secretary of State:

"In terms of the legal matter of creating a contract between two people that’s called marriage, and allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country. And so I support the president’s decision." (Source)

Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, (R-FL):

"The younger generation is not as fixated on many social issues, as important as they are to other folks. Marriage equality is an issue that is evolving in people’s minds and hearts. As with many controversial issues, the passage of time makes us more comfortable with change." (Source)

"As Republicans, we are committed to ensure that the federal government play its proper role. Defining marriage is not part of that role." (Source)

Paul Singer, Elliott Management:
 
"[The freedom to marry] very well fits within my framework of freedom...[promotes] family stability." (Source)

Carrie Underwood, country music star and American Idol winner: 
 
"I definitely think we should all have the right to love, and love publicly, the people that we want to love." (Source)