1. kirk says

    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.

  2. AriesMatt says

    @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).

  3. jleo71 says

    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.

  4. gr8guyca says

    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.

  5. bandanajack says

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

  6. says

    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.