Laura Bush asks to be removed from pro-gay marriage ad
Updated at 4:24 p.m. ET
A pro-gay marriage group says it's "sorry" Laura Bush wishes to be removed from its $1 million pro-gay marriage ad campaign that launched nationally this week on TV, in newspapers and online.
The former first lady's spokeswoman said the Respect for Marriage Coalition, co-chaired by the Human Rights Campaign, did not ask permission to use a clip of her 2010 interview with Larry King 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." The coalition says it appreciates Mrs. Bush's remarks on the subject but will "now move to new and different voices," and will begin running a new ad this weekend.
Currently, Mrs. Bush's sound bite is featured in the ad along with clips of past administration officials of former President George W. Bush - who opposed gay marriage efforts during his time in the White House - voicing support for same-sex marriage, including former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. Remarks from President Obama are also incorporated.
Mrs. Bush "did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way," the former first lady's spokeswoman Anne MacDonald said in a statement, according to the Dallas Morning News. "When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it."
The TV ads began airing Wednesday on cable, and are expected to appear during networks' Sunday shows over the coming weeks, according to the group's website. Full-page print versions in the days ahead will run in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Washington Post, and online ads will appear across top online news sites.
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