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Former First Lady Laura Bush is asking that her appearance on Larry King Live be removed from a pro-gay marriage campaign commercial. The group has followed through with her request.
The commercial is part of a new campaign from the Human Rights Campaign’s Respect For Marriage Coalition. The Huffington Post reports that the ad includes a clip from Bush’s 2010 appearance on Larry King, in which she 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.”
In a statement to the Dallas Morning News Wednesday, Bush’s spokeswoman, Anne MacDonald, said that Bush “did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way.”
McDonald added, “When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it.”
Today, the Coalition sent a statement to Politico that read, “We used public comments for this ad from American leaders who have expressed support for civil marriage...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 group has decided to launch a new ad without Bush’s statement.
The original ad highlighted prominent Republican figures such as Colin Powell and Dick Cheney voicing their support for gay marriage. It’s part of a new media campaign that includes $1 million in new TV ads and print ads in the New York Times and Washington Post. The ads will also be run during the network Sunday talk shows.