Friday, February 22, 2013
Laura Bush landed in the middle of the same-sex marriage debate Thursday — and quickly shut down a national ad highlighting her support for gay couples.
The former first lady, along with Colin Powell, Dick Cheney and President Barack Obama, was featured in a new commercial from the Respect for Marriage Coalition.
The ad was supposed to run for weeks, but Bush asked to be removed, and the group quickly agreed to stop running it.
In the ad, Bush said: “When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has.”
Bush’s team said she had no notice that her remark — from a 2010 interview with Larry King — would be included in the commercial.
Bush spokeswoman Anne MacDonaldtold The Dallas Morning News 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.”