John M. Becker

LBJ's Daughters Support Marriage Equality, Say Dad Probably Would Have Too

Filed By John M. Becker | April 07, 2014 12:30 PM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics

luci-baines-johnson.jpgThe daughters of former President Lyndon B. Johnson both personally support marriage equality and say that if their famous father were alive today, he likely would too.

Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb revealed their pro-equality beliefs in an exclusive interview with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric, who sat down with them at their father's presidential library in Austin, Texas.

This week President Obama, three former presidents, and civil rights leaders will gather there as part of a Civil Rights Summit marking the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Johnson championed the landmark law, using his legislative experience to push it through Congress at great personal and political expense.

Couric writes that the sisters "suggested that they believe their father would support the spirit of what many advocates have embraced as the civil rights issue of this century: gay marriage."

Johnson said she believed LBJ would be sympathetic to the legal and political battle to force states to recognize same-sex unions if he were alive today because he was always concerned with making sure all people were treated equally.

"I think my father felt very strongly that when there was bigotry anywhere, prejudice anywhere, all of us lose out," Johnson said. "Because it's just one more expression of hate."

For her part, Robb said she didn't know what her father would say, because same-sex marriage was not an issue when he was in public life.

"It's hard to project what Daddy would have thought about that because that wasn't an issue that had come upon the States at that time," Robb said. "But I know he really wanted everybody to be able to live up to the best that God gave them."

As to their own opinions, both said they personally support marriage equality. Johnson called it "a great civil rights concern of our day" and dismissed the false belief that homosexuality is a choice. Robb said,

"I certainly think that, if God made you a homosexual, that you should have love and affection with somebody. And I would not want to deny anybody that opportunity to be happy."

Watch, after the jump.

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