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A softer Bush?

Former US president George W Bush cautions against criticizing gay couples

Former president George W Bush and Laura Bush. Credit: USAF

As president of the United States, George W Bush opposed same-sex marriage, and Republicans pushed for ballot measures at the state level to have it banned.    

But in the wake of the recent US Supreme Court ruling that overturned the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Bush seems to have taken a softer, more reflective tone.

While Bush was travelling recently in Zambia, a local reporter asked him whether gay marriage conflicts with Christian values. “I shouldn’t be taking a speck out of someone else’s eye when I have a log in my own,” he responded. 

In an interview with Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, Bush discussed his comments and cautioned against criticizing gay couples. “I meant it’s very important for people not to be overly critical of someone else until you’ve examined your own heart.”