Bush on Gay Marriage: Examine ‘Your Own Heart’

by Robert Costa

Former president George W. Bush wasn’t eager to talk about gay marriage on Sunday, but he did tell ABC News that it’s “important for people not to be overly critical of someone else until you’ve examined your own heart.”

Here’s the transcript:

JONATHAN KARL: I saw a journalist in Zambia asked you about gay marriage, and whether it is compatible with Christian values. And you had an interesting response. You said, “I shouldn’t be taking a speck out of someone else’s eye when I have a log in my own.”

GEORGE W. BUSH: I meant that I wasn’t going to answer the question then, and I’m not going to answer it now in terms of the political question. I just don’t want to wade back in the debate. I’m out of politics. But I meant it’s very important for people not to be overly critical of someone else until you’ve examined your own heart.

JONATHAN KARL: Have your views on this evolved at all?

GEORGE W. BUSH: Jonathan, you didn’t hear my answer. (LAUGH) I’m not gonna wade back into those kinds of issues. I’m out of politics. The only way I can really make news is either criticize the President, which I don’t want to do, criticize my own party, or wade in on a controversial issue.

During his presidency, Bush supported a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage.