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Thomas Roberts Speaks to Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson About Marriage Equality Ad Campaign: VIDEO


This morning I posted about the new million-dollar marriage equality campaign spearheaded by HRC and Freedom to Marry which has as its lead-off piece of media an ad featuring Dick Cheney, Laura Bush, and Colin Powell making pro-equality statements.

Freedom to Marry's Evan Wolfson joined MSNBC's Thomas Roberts today to talk about the campaign.


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  1. The Dallas Morning News reported: "...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.

    Posted by: kirk | Feb 20, 2013 7:53:34 PM

  2. @Kirk, interesting. Evan Wolfson seemed to sideswipe the question about whether the featured figures in the ads were adamant supporters. Hmm... This could backfire on them (Freedom to Marry).

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Feb 20, 2013 9:45:45 PM

  3. Those people made public statements. Those statements are now public domain. They can recant them if they wish to but they can not determine who may use them. Pretty sure of that.

    Posted by: jleo71 | Feb 20, 2013 10:54:16 PM

  4. If Laura Bush or Cheney don't agree to let their names be used in this commercial, it doesn't matter. It's already gotten PR and visibility for the issue.

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Feb 21, 2013 3:18:44 AM

  5. the fact is they said them, and asking to deep six them now just makes them looks petty and devious.

    Posted by: bandanajack | Feb 21, 2013 4:32:32 AM

  6. It's part of the new effort to paint marriage equality as full of bipartisan support to woo Republicans. Not close to true, but it may have some success--the tactic was used effectively to prevent repeal of equality in NH, for example.

    Because the statements were public, there is no reason--legally--why they couldn't be used in ads (I'm sure their legal team made sure of that), but it's also pretty clear from Evan Wolfson's statement that the "participants" didn't green-light their participation, which adds some dubiousness to the campaign, along with the potential for backlash. I'd rather they have used people who were actually willing to step up and be adamant supporters--but that would mean leaving out the tepid big-name Republican supporters.

    Posted by: Ernie | Feb 21, 2013 10:15:28 AM

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