Former first lady Laura Bush, President Barack Obama, former vice president Dick Cheney and former secretary of state Colin Powell are appearing in a Respect for Marriage ad endorsing same-sex marriage in the U.S. According to The Christian Post, the ad is part of a million-dollar campaign to show politicians from opposing sides uniting on the subject of gay marriage.
The ad features clips from various interviews with the politicians talking about same-sex marriage. Laura Bush was quoted in an interview with Larry King that “when couples are committed to each other and love each other that they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.” Another clip shows Obama during his inauguration speech speaking about gay rights, and Powell’s clip shows him saying he believes the country is moving in the direction of allowing same-sex couples to live together with the protection of law. Cheney stated in the ad that “freedom means freedom for everyone.”
A representative from the Respect for Marriage Coalition commented in a statement, “Against the backdrop of President Obama’s historic comments about marriage rights in his inaugural address, freedom to marry legislation pending in a number of states, and two landmark marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Coalition is working to grow support for marriage rights for same-sex couples across the nation.”
To view the ad, click here.