Editorial in The Washington Post, October 20, 2014
Gays and lesbians owe thanks to President George W. Bush and Justice Scalia
A lot of people are responsible for the wave of same-sex weddings sweeping the nation of late. But President George W. Bush and Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia deserve a lot more credit than they are given. By attempting to ban gay marriage, the president sparked public debate about marriage equality that ignited a historic backlash. The justice sneered at gay marriage in dissenting opinions, only to see his words used by gay marriage proponents to bolster their own cases and by courts to invalidate laws he thought legally sound.
In February 2004, Bush called for a constitutional amendment against gay marriage that would have etched discrimination into our nation’s most sacred document. Then, thanks to a Bush-backed effort 10 years ago next month, voters in 11 states approved ballot initiatives that banned committed same-sex couples from marrying. Contrary to popular lore, the anti-gay measures did not give Bush a reelection edge. But they did spark a public debate about same-sex marriage that ignited the backlash we’re witnessing today.
And of course Shrub's chief political strategist was... Karl Rove. :D