Watch: LBJ’s Daughters Say Father Would Have Supported Marriage Equality
April 8, 2014 by HRC staff
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In a new interview with Katie Couric, Former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb project that their father would have been supportive of the legal battle to recognize same-sex marriage if he were alive today.
“I think my father felt very strongly that when there was bigotry anywhere, prejudice anywhere, all of us lose out,” says younger daughter Luci Baines Johnson. “Because it's just one more expression of hate.”
Both daughters also expressed their own personal support for marriage equality.
“To deny someone the chance to have the kind of love I have in my marriage simply based upon the fact that the person whom they love is of the same gender just seems to me to be morally wrong and deeply tragic,” says Johnson. “I don’t see how giving them the blessing of respect in any way hurts me.”
Watch the Yahoo Global News interview below:
Civil rights leaders, President Obama and three former presidents are gathering at the LBJ Presidential Library this week for a Civil Rights Summit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark bill that outlawed discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex or national origin. Learn more here.
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