In a new interview to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the daughters of former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson discuss marriage equality for same-sex couples, and reflect on what their father might think of same-sex marriage.
“It’s a great civil rights concern of our day,” says Luci Baines Johnson, who along with her sister Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, speak with Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric.
“I think my father felt very strongly that when there was bigotry anywhere, prejudice anywhere, all of us lose out. Because it’s just one more expression of hate,” she says.
The LBJ Presidential Library in Austin is hosting a three-day civil rights summit to mark the anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, which outlawed discrimination in public places based on race, ethnicity, religion or gender.
The summit will both look back at the civil rights movement and address issues still lingering in the U.S. and globally. Panel discussions will feature political and civil rights leaders and academics discussing topics from immigration and gay marriage to the role of sports in the civil rights movement.