Former First Lady Laura Bush is reportedly asking to be taken out of a new pro-gay marriage TV ad, which features a bipartisan list of supporters, including President Obama and former Vice President Dick Cheney.
A spokesperson for Bush said she did not approve being included in the ad, according to the Dallas Morning News:
But Bush spokeswoman Anne MacDonald said in a statement Wednesday that the former first lady “did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way.”
“When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it,” MacDonald said.
The ad features a clip of Bush’s interview on Larry King‘s CNN show in 2010. “When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has,” Bush told King then.
“None of us would want to be told we can’t marry the person we love,” says the ad’s voiceover. “That’s why a growing majority of Americans believe it’s time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples.”
In addition to Bush and Cheney, the ad also features former Secretary of State Colin Powell. It is part of a $1 million campaign from the Respect for Marriage Coalition.
Watch the ad below:
(h/t Dallas Morning News)
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