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Marriage Equality Coalition Removes Laura Bush from Ad, is 'Sorry She Didn't Want to Be Included': VIDEO

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The Respect for Marriage Coalition has honored a request from Former First Lady Laura Bush to have an interview clip in which she expressed support for same-sex marriage rights be removed from a marriage equality ad the group began running earlier this week, Politico reports:

“We used public comments for this ad from American leaders who have expressed support for civil marriage,” the group said. “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 new ad features a Republican former Marine, Craig Stowell, speaking about how he came to support gay marriage after learning his brother was gay.

Watch the replacement ad, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Too bad. She could have upgraded that idiot of a husband's image. Another stupid Bush move. There's no end to the sucking black hole that is the Bush Clan.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | Feb 21, 2013 4:57:57 PM


  2. Nothing could upgrade W's image.
    And nothing can improve Laura's.

    Stupid and evil are contagious.

    Posted by: Randy | Feb 21, 2013 5:03:01 PM


  3. They should have apologized for using her image and her words and expressed sorrow that she doesn't support SSM.

    Posted by: BobN | Feb 21, 2013 5:04:49 PM


  4. Maybe they could include something in the ad about how she killed a guy by reckless driving.

    Posted by: Phil | Feb 21, 2013 5:05:43 PM


  5. Evan Wolfson caved? I'm saddened that he got spineless after his years of fierceness. perhaps Laura will demand that all unsold copies of her book be returned to the publisher & burned for publishing things she really didn't mean.

    Posted by: mikeflower | Feb 21, 2013 5:07:45 PM


  6. "Maybe they could include something in the ad about how she killed a guy by reckless driving."

    You know, I forgot all about that, PHIL. Do you think if Gore's wife or Kerry's wife had such an incident in their pasts that the Republicans would have left it alone. And people say there's no real difference between Dems and Repugs.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Feb 21, 2013 5:13:41 PM


  7. Why would they include any quote from her anyway? I do not trust the judgement of anyone who chose to marry George W. Bush...and then stay married to him. Same with using a quote from Darth Cheney. I don't care if he's on my side, he's an evil war criminal. If Hitler had said he was for same-sex marriage would they use that quote?

    Posted by: StillmarriedinCA | Feb 21, 2013 5:15:40 PM


  8. What's the story on Laura Bush killing someone? I've never heard that.

    Posted by: JackFknTwist | Feb 21, 2013 5:27:35 PM


  9. Well, seriously... she can't be that intelligent. She married that total trainwreck husband, our worst president ever.

    Keep that in mind, folks.

    Another "Oops, I didn't mean to be in a pro-gay video" relapse. Poor thing, bless her heart.

    Posted by: johnny | Feb 21, 2013 5:32:19 PM


  10. For a minute I thought she was more compassionate than her husband. My bad.

    Posted by: Mitch | Feb 21, 2013 5:36:22 PM


  11. Initially I was against pulling the ad, but now I see it as a win/win for the HRC. The ad already made the first impression on most people, so it made the point. Secondly, Laura Bush looks petty and bigoted by asking that she be pulled from the ad. Either she believes in equality or she doesn't. Actually, I believe she doesn't really care one way or another. Whatever will sell the most books and get her cronies elected is all that is important.

    Posted by: MikeH | Feb 21, 2013 5:38:16 PM


  12. I really believe she privately advocates for marriage equality. She showed that in her Larry King interview. It's too bad that gay sexuality is still political and politicized -- and she feels she must not appear to be endorsing what she in fact endorses.

    Posted by: will | Feb 21, 2013 6:24:49 PM


  13. So basically, it was something she only said to get attention to sell her book. I doubted her integrity when she said it, and now it seems I was right. She can F off.

    Posted by: Kieran | Feb 21, 2013 6:25:13 PM


  14. @ JACKFKNTWIST- http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/28/books/28laura.html?_r=0

    Posted by: tim | Feb 21, 2013 6:27:12 PM


  15. Stay classy, Laura.

    Posted by: Kip | Feb 21, 2013 6:37:41 PM


  16. They got that troll to come out from under her bridge to refute her previous words, how about that.

    Posted by: Jersey | Feb 21, 2013 6:47:58 PM


  17. ...and nothing of value was lost.

    Posted by: Firestorm | Feb 21, 2013 7:26:12 PM


  18. Cowardly. All of it.

    Posted by: RMc | Feb 21, 2013 7:29:29 PM


  19. Definite upgrade made to the advertisement, including Craig Stowell in place the wife of one of the worst ever presidents. I'm glad the ad was changed; Laura Bush shouldn't be dignified with a spot in such an important ad. And given millions have seen it with her in it, it's irrelevant. Point has been made.

    Posted by: Francis | Feb 21, 2013 7:43:40 PM


  20. Well, it's (the withdrawal) now a top trending news item, so it's certainly getting attention. For them to apologize for running the ad would be a huge mistake because they knew very well the Republican faces didn't green-light it, and they have every right--whatever one thinks of the decision--to use public statements by public people in ads.

    Personally, I'd rather not have tepid Laura and the despicable Cheney be the face of marriage equality--have some real advocates step up to the plate--but the push is on to make marriage equality into a civil rights issue with bipartisan support, even if it's a strained push at this point, and it may pay off (as it did in NH last year) despite a risk of backlash. She's kind of cornered now.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 21, 2013 7:47:41 PM


  21. She was a disappointment throughout her time in the White House.

    She remains, and should be remembered for being a disappointment now.

    Posted by: Pete N SFO | Feb 21, 2013 7:49:54 PM


  22. Laura's just doubling down on the horrendous record of the Bush presidency, which will be an embarrassment to their descendants for generations to come.

    Posted by: candide001 | Feb 21, 2013 7:59:05 PM


  23. I don't see why the bothered to use her in the first place. She's the former first lady. Okay, yeah, she's a Republican, but it's not as if she's currently-serving politician or wields any direct political or administrative power. It was a weakness in the campaign from the start.

    Posted by: Darrell | Feb 21, 2013 8:20:36 PM


  24. HISTORY WILL JUDGE HER....

    Posted by: Alan Brickman | Feb 21, 2013 8:31:00 PM


  25. Now take the war monger Cheney out of the ad. We don't need one of the chief architects of the needless Iraq war, which cost the lives of tens of thousands and a trillion dollars, on our side.

    Posted by: andrew | Feb 21, 2013 8:55:54 PM


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