President George W. Bush refused to state his position on marriage equality in an interview with ABC News' This Week.
Bush had waded into the revitalized same-sex marriage debate last week - if only barely - in a comment to a reporter in Zambia, who asked 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," Bush said last week.
In an interview in Tanzania with ABC News Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, the former president explained his comment further. "I meant it’s very important for people not to be overly critical of someone else until you’ve examined your own heart," Bush told Karl.
Bush may be reluctant to say anything now but his Administration's record on LGBT rights and same-sex marriage is quite clear. Bush, Karl Rove and 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign manager Ken Mehlman engineered at least 11 state constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage which "increased the turnout of socially conservative voters" and helped win their re-election, reported the New York Times. Bush later called for a federal marriage amendment during the 2006 election.
And the coup de grace: Former Republican National Committee Chairman Mehlman finally came out of the closet in 2010.
The beginning of the interview is devoted to Bush's record on global HIV/AIDS and Africa. The marriage exchange begins at about 7:00. Watch AFTER THE JUMP ...