Former First Lady Laura Bush wants nothing to do with a commercial supporting same-sex marriage and asks the Respect for Marriage Coalition to remove her from the ad.
The million-dollar, 30-second spot features television clips of Mrs. Bush, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell espousing marriage rights for same-sex couples. The commercial also includes a snippet from President Barack Obama‘s second inaugural address.
In the ad, Mrs. Bush says, “When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.” It’s a clip from an interview she did with Larry King. In the full sit-down, which is excerpted in the video below, the wife of former President George W. Bush admits she and her husband do not see eye to eye on the issue of gay marriage.
“I understand totally what george thinks and what other people think about marriage being between a man and a woman,” Mrs. Bush says. “And it’s a real reversal, really for that, to accept gay marriage.”
A spokeswoman for Laura says in a statement provided to CNN, “Mrs. Bush did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated in any way with the group that made the ad.” The rep says Mrs. Bush requested her removal from the ad as soon as she became aware of its existence.