Laura Bush gay marriage
Respect for Marriage's ad isn't like that time Megan and Cindy McCain willingly participated in a No H8 anti-Prop 8 campaign — this one features clips of public speaking appearances and interviews:
The new spot began airing on cable TV on Wednesday, and while there's been no word from Powell or Cheney (who's been pretty supportive of his daughter's marriage), the former First Lady wasted no time in directly ask that she be removed from the commercial. The original clip in question comes from a Larry King interview with Bush in 2010, when she said she would disagree with her husband's stance on gay marriage:
Here's the key Laura Bush quote up for debate:
I think that we ought to definitely look at it and debate it. I think there are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman, but I also know that when couples are committed to each other and love each other that they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.
A statement from Bush's spokesperson states 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. When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it." Now obviously the ad hasn't been changed or removed from the web, and the Larry King interview seems to fall under fair use, and the ad itself certainly doesn't misrepresent Bush's views—it merely lays them out there, like any political ad tends to do. And, come on, if every politician asked for her public interviews to be removed from ads they didn't approve, we would have no political advertising. Laura Bush may not be used to this, or maybe she and her husband have been enjoying extra-private life a little too much, but her public rebuke isn't winning her any fans on either side. Indeed, she's being labeled a hypocrite:
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