Barbara Bush's gay-marriage endorsement: What's it mean for the GOP?
Another way to tell if you're old: how much you care that Barbara Bush supports gay marriage. It's a "non-issue" for most people under 30 years old, said R. Clarke Cooper, executive director of Log Cabin Republicans, a group of openly gay GOPers.
The former first daughter, 29, taped a video for Saturday's Human Rights Campaign dinner calling for New York to legalize same-sex marriages. Most younger Republicans -- especially those like Bush with gay friends -- think equal rights is a no-brainer, said Cooper.
But her public support is important to educate older members of his party: The former Bush administration official describes the dark-haired twin as a "force multiplier -- an additional asset or resource toward a mission or goal." Laura Bush, Dick Cheney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Meghan and Cindy McCain have already expressed varying degrees of support, and there were several gay couples in attendance at the Bush-Cheney alumni reunion in Dallas last November.
"No issues," Cooper told us. "All were welcome -- including me and my date."
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