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Laura Bush Requests Removal from Marriage Equality Ad: VIDEO


Former First Lady Laura Bush has asked the Respect for Marriage Coalition (spearheaded by HRC and Freedom to Marry) to remove her from a new ad which is the centerpiece of a $1 million media campaign in support of marriage equality, the Dallas Morning News reports:

RfmcThe advertising blitz, first reported by Politico, features a clip of Bush talking to Larry King on CNN in 2010 and saying, “When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.”

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 ads began airing Wednesday on cable.

The full-page newspaper ad (right, inset) which began running in major newspapers including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post , also features Mrs. Bush's quote and image.

Watch the ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Great point, PeterParker.

    The big point for me is that, regardless of what she might be saying now at a time when it is very convenient for her to do so and at a time when she is concerned about her own legacy, is that she really did nothing to stop the exploitation of bigotry against us when it was deemed critical to her family's chances of holding on to the White House in a very close election in 2004 (after-the-fact recollections about what she asked her husband notwithstanding).

    I thought that the statements included in the ad from her and Powell were at best ambiguous in any event and could have been read as expressions of support merely for CUs.

    She's been more a part of the curtailment of our rights than she ever will be a part of the advancement of our rights and I say we toss her to the side as quickly as she did the same to us in 2004.

    Posted by: Patric | Feb 21, 2013 9:46:16 AM

  2. Laura Bush is a public figure who gave her opinion in a public forum. HRC does not need her permission to air the clip. Just another Republican hypocrite who keeps changing her story.

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 21, 2013 9:54:43 AM

  3. Maybe she can just kill them with her car...she's done it before..

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Feb 21, 2013 9:56:26 AM

  4. Whatever, Laura -

    Either you said it or you didn't. Clearly you said it. Now you want to backpedal?

    I have NO SYMPATHY for you and no, HRC shouldn't take the ad down. You said it. You said it on a public television station, live, to millions of viewers.

    President Obama kept playing with the "I'm evolving" BS line for years...before, during and after the first election. He was caught on video repeatedly saying he thought marriage should only be between one man and one woman. BUT... he also was very clear that he thought Prop 8 was wrong. But that didn't stop the Prop 8 supporters from using his voice in a Californian robocall 24 hours before the 2008 election to target swing voters to vote for institutionalized hate. His dissembling cost misery for millions of people and since has cost millions of dollars as we are still fighting Prop 8 in the courts even today.

    You want a free pass on your words? In the immortal words of John Geilgud: "Go screw yourself."

    Posted by: Jay | Feb 21, 2013 10:00:29 AM

  5. Laura Palmer is better example of a human being than Laura Bush.

    Posted by: Rey | Feb 21, 2013 10:18:25 AM

  6. Who gives a sh*t what this noxious twit spouse of one of the worst presidents in American history has to say about anything? Laura's just lucky she married a Republican, 'cause if it had been Hillary Clinton or Michelle Obama who'd run a stop sign and killed somebody (like Laura did), the Repugs would still be bringing it up every five seconds, pretty much anytime they spoke about anything.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Feb 21, 2013 10:21:41 AM

  7. Seeing how the right makes use of comments OUT OF CONTEXT all the time to make their political point, this is stupid. She's being quoted completely IN THE CONTEXT of her statement. Funny how one sided that can be for the Republicans...

    Posted by: pdxblueyes | Feb 21, 2013 11:08:21 AM

  8. PeterParker FTW

    Posted by: AZEXPAT | Feb 21, 2013 11:10:50 AM

  9. Laura Bush killed a man.

    Posted by: Walt NYC | Feb 21, 2013 11:15:20 AM

  10. bush has a right to her own opinion, if she does not like the idea of equality for gays and lesbians, then speak out and say it bush don't hide your true feelings.

    Posted by: mike ramon | Feb 21, 2013 11:18:19 AM

  11. This is not a good position to take, Laura!

    History will remember you as a Turncoat!

    Posted by: BRAINS | Feb 21, 2013 11:35:36 AM

  12. Now if we could only get Cheney, one of the men responsible for the needless Iraq War that cost thousands of lives and over a trillion dollars to take his name off that ad. We don't need his sort supporting our liberation.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 21, 2013 12:11:19 PM

  13. All comments made in a public forum are fair game. If you don't want something you say publicly to come back and bite you in the ass,don't say it. I wonder if she had the same issue when Ron ran smear ad's while campaigning using clips with comments his opponents said publicly. Hum.

    Posted by: G McGinnis | Feb 21, 2013 12:27:39 PM

  14. still cowtowing to husband dubya.

    Posted by: fanboi | Feb 21, 2013 12:38:15 PM

  15. This is disappointing coming from her. She should not have made the statements at all if she did not want people to hear them. What she said speaks for itself, it doesn't matter if it's in a commercial. If she wants to be taken out, though, I would take her out. It shouldn't be seen as someone forcing her to make an endorsement she doesn't want to give.

    Posted by: nick | Feb 21, 2013 1:07:28 PM

  16. This is public domain. She gave the interview on TV. They should not have to ask for permission.

    She is a typical Republican. She lies, lies, lies, lies, lies. I told you we can never trust ANY Republicans - they don't have the same values as us - they are liars, backstabbers, immature, uneducated, self-serving fools.

    It just goes to show what a liar she is when she says all this in an interview when she is wanting us to buy her new book but when we ask her about it later she doesn't support us.

    Now you know why she's married to the biggest moron on the planet - she's just the same as him. Money doesn't mean they aren't just white trash.

    Posted by: Icebloo | Feb 21, 2013 1:54:21 PM

  17. A couple of years ago the Dallas gay Pride organizers wanted Laura to be the Grand Marshall. I protested and protested. Why the hell would we want such an evil, untrustworthy bi#ch like her in our event ?

    Having any Republican at a gay event would be like asking Hitler to attend a Jewish event !

    Laura Bush is white trash and her trashy, mouthy, dumb kids are even worse !

    Posted by: Icebloo | Feb 21, 2013 1:57:41 PM

  18. She still has a spokeswoman? It means she is still using her image to make some bucks. It will hurt her image among her base. No wonder she is not happy.

    Posted by: simon | Feb 21, 2013 2:15:44 PM

  19. Laura Bush is about as important to the LGBT struggle for equality as Aunt Jemima was to the struggle for African American equality.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 21, 2013 2:58:42 PM

  20. OK Laura, only if you give a full statement of what you now believe. You can't have it both ways by trying to opt out. Either you stand by your words, or you must publicly refute them and join the self-avowed ranks of un-American bigots. I await your press release.

    Posted by: Marco Luxe | Feb 21, 2013 3:12:11 PM

  21. I'm extremely disappointed in Mrs. Bush, who is otherwise known to be a kind, thoughtful, intelligent and classy person.

    It is a pity and a shame that she has declined to step up and speak out unequivocally on the side of equality. I have to say that I am surprised at her lack of courage and independence. The positive image that I have had of her has faded considerably today.

    Posted by: Equal Whether You Like It or Not | Feb 21, 2013 3:30:50 PM

  22. She's as much an idiot as her husband, who no doubt had a lot to do with her change of mind (?) on the subject. Eff them all, and never let them steal high office again. Really, never again.

    Posted by: Onnyjay | Feb 21, 2013 3:33:08 PM

  23. Chad Griffin when asked directly by Chris Matthews yesterday on Hardball admitted that they didn't ask anybody for permission. Matthews already knew the answer to the question before he asked it and wasn't at all surprised, nor did materially change anything about the ad or it's point. The fact is that all the people quoted in the ad are public people making statements in a public forum. You don't need their permission to rebroadcast the statements. It's fair use. As for Bush asking that her statement not be used... too bad. If she wants she can come out and backtrack or whatever she wants to do... they will just draw more publicity to the ad and in fact raise questions about why she phrased her statement that way in the first place. Clearly a no win for her. HRC should just ignore her and if the press asks questions to HRC about it, they should just refer them back to Bush. HRC was really smart in this... they took a page from the GOP playbook and used public statements by conservative figures to further the cause of marriage equality. As Fox News knows, it is first impressions that stick in peoples minds. I think it is hilarious the right wing is whining about their own tactics being used against them.

    Posted by: MikeH | Feb 21, 2013 5:00:14 PM

  24. Proud of Laura for sitting idly by while the self-serving gay media and their pat-themselves-on-the-back liberal minion buddies, who will use any and anything little thing to further their media agenda, try to exploit her.

    Jeb Bush '16!

    Posted by: GoProud Jay | Feb 21, 2013 5:05:17 PM

  25. We don't need or want spokespersons who don't support the cause. Maybe she wanted a paid endorsement, i dunno, but if they didn't get her permission, especially with the luke warm tone of the comment she gave Larry King, they need to apologize and remove any reference to her.

    Posted by: grego | Feb 21, 2013 6:47:51 PM

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