The tweet included photos of the former president and the late first lady Barbara Bush hugging children, implying that Bush was an important advocate for people with AIDS. George Bush. I hope those angels now welcome him home to the kingdom of God. Bush believed that he was not a Republican president — he was a president. Bush was as captive to the evangelical right on social issues — and thus a decidedly Republican president — as was his predecessor, Ronald Reagan, who cultivated religious conservatives as a potent political force and bowed to their anti-LGBTQ agenda as the AIDS epidemic mushroomed in the s. He even gave a speech on the AIDS epidemic in , which was long on compassion but short on strategy and commitment to funding.
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Bush stands when it comes to their rights. So far, they don't like what they see. But many agree it's unclear how Bush will deal with these issues when he reaches the White House. During his campaign for the governorship, Bush defended the state's sodomy law, which makes sexual activity between same-sex adults illegal, as a "symbolic gesture of traditional values. It is commonly believed that Bush derailed a Texas hate-crime bill in because it included protections based on sexual orientation. Also that year, Bush supported a measure that banned gay couples from becoming foster parents or from adopting foster children.
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The White House said Wednesday a revised policy on granting security clearances to gays and lesbians does not reflect a change in how the government will treat sexual orientation. Gay rights activists said the change could open the door to added attention on sexual orientation — and discrimination. White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the new language stems from a executive order aimed at preventing discrimination based on sexual orientation. He insisted no language has been removed and that the new rules are similar to the old ones. If someone were trying to hide the fact that they are gay, for instance, he or she could be susceptible to coercion or blackmail.
George W. Bush ran for election and reelection as a compassionate conservative. Now slowly inching his way back into the public eye with an interview with ABC News's Jonathan Karl that aired Sunday and a planned major speech on immigration Wednesday, the former president who likes to call himself " retired " is being suddenly feted for views he's held for years. Maybe it's just the hard-right turn in Republican rhetoric since Bush left office, but Bush's historic kinder, gentler approach is suddenly being treated as a kind of GOP novelty act.