Former first lady Laura Bush said she never gave her consent to be included in the recent ad by the Respect for Marriage Coalition promoting same-sex marriage, and she wants her segment removed.
Yahoo! News reported that. although Bush disagrees with her husband on gay marriage, she was caught off-guard by the ad that included her statement on the subject. The clip showed Bush on Larry King Live in 2010 discussing her new book at the time. She said to King, “When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.”
A statement about the ad from the Respect for Marriage Coalition read, “We used public comments for this ad from American leaders who have expressed support for civil marriage. We appreciate Mrs. Bush’s previous comments but are sorry she didn’t want to be included in an ad. The ad launched a public education campaign that will now move to new and different voices that reflect the depth and breadth of our support.”
The ad also features clips from other interviews with politicians talking about same-sex marriage, including President Barack Obama during his inauguration speech speaking about gay rights, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell saying he believes the country is moving in the direction of allowing same-sex couples to live together with the protection of law. Former vice president Dick Cheney stated in the ad that “freedom means freedom for everyone.”
The new ad will apparently feature statements from military veteran Craig Stowell.