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Laura Bush asks to be removed from campaign supporting marriage equality

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Former First Lady Laura Bush has asked to be removed from a campaign featuring prominent bipartisan leaders speaking out in support of marriage for gay and lesbian Americans.

Laura Bush, appearing on CNN’s “Larry King Live” in 2010.

The campaign, released by the Respect for Marriage Coalition on Wednesday, featured prominent bipartisan leaders – including President Barack Obama, former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Mrs. Bush — and includes video clips of each delivering speeches or interviews in which they indicated their support for same-sex marriage.

The ad includes a 5-second clip of Bush speaking in a 2010 CNN interview with Larry King, in which she said, “If couples are committed, they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has.”

But on Thursday, a Bush spokeswoman said the former First Lady objects to her inclusion in the campaign.

“Mrs. Bush did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated in any way with the group that made the ad,” Anne MacDonald, a spokeswoman for the former first lady, wrote in a statement Thursday. “When she became aware of the advertisement Tuesday night, we requested that the group remove her from it.”

The video is here:

The Respect for Marriage Coalition said Wednesday they would spend $1 million to air the spot nationally, as well as run print ads in major newspapers utilizing the same quotes from the Republicans who back equal marriage rights.

The first ads aired Wednesday, and the group said they would be in heavy rotation on cable news and Sunday news shows in the coming weeks.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition is co-chaired by Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign.

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  1. Dumb Bitch

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:16am
  2. Back to supporting the HATERS??!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:16am
  3. pressure form her husband go figure

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:17am
  4. Who needs her

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:17am
  5. They should remove her segment from the ad and replace it with an explanation of how she killed her high school boyfriend by driving drunk and crashing her car into his jeep.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:17am
  6. *Cough* Bitch *Cough*

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:17am
  7. Hot mess. This woman was never First Lady material.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:17am
  8. This is unfortunate

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:19am
  9. who cares! shes as useless as her husband

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:19am
  10. She had her chance to be on the right side of history..Too bad, Laura Bush. You had a chance to look smarter than your dumb as a rock husband and bowed to “Oh,what will the neighbors think?”

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:20am
  11. I agree with ^^^^ Daniel .. she never was!!! No class!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:20am
  12. CNN has no issue with the segment included (they reported on it). Is Bush changing her mind now? That would be the question.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:20am
  13. I was beginning to like her even marginally, but not so much now.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:21am
  14. Where’s the unlike opt…..

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:21am
  15. I didn’t really believe Laura Bush’s supposed support for gay marriage. If she really believed in equal rights she would not be asking to be removed from this ad.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:21am
  16. i dont want any BUSH associated with anything Gay :)

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:22am
  17. poor thing her husbands made her do it

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:22am
  18. She is afraid that her husband might get mad! Get some courage lady and don’t be scared of what you truly feel! Your husband did nothing for us anyway except debt!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:23am
  19. If she said it, she owns it. She is a public figure by proxy (having been the First Lady and all) and thus was interviewed by CNN. If they have CNN’s permission, they don’t need hers. She can’t just take it back, does she think she is a presidential candidate????

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:25am
  20. :(

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:25am
  21. Don’t be surprised when you find out that Carl Rove told her to remove herself. Bleck!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:25am
  22. What? She’s too good to be in the video? What a bitch.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:26am
  23. Georgie is at least Bi, or in denial. His College Frat boy trists are well known.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:26am
  24. She is Homophobic & closed minded. I am against the above woman

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:26am
  25. I knew when I saw Laura Bush’s face on that campaign ad something wasn’t right. We don’t need her anyways. Bye Laura!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:27am
  26. I think I understand where shes coming from. its not that she doesnt support same sex marriage, but its the fact that she found out that the group was using her in an ad without telling her is what bothered her. she still supports same sex marriage, she just prefers to do it her own way and we should respect her for that just like she is respecting us.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:29am
  27. this coming from a woman who’s husband was a cheer leader….hmmm

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:29am
  28. Didn’t we all know that it wasn’t her intention to promote equality?

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:29am
  29. her Vaajaa smells like Lysol…..Margaret Cho

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:30am
  30. what a hypocritical bigot

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:34am
  31. I agree with Heather — whether or not Laura Bush supports same-sex marriage, the advertisement did not ask for her permission to use her face for their campaign. So she has the right to ask them to remove it.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:35am
  32. Public comment or not, maybe they should have sought permission from everyone in the ad to make sure they were ok being used for this. It’s one thing to say you agree with something. It’s another to be brought into the fight.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:37am
  33. Wow a bunch of you are really mean and hateful. She’s not saying that she opposes marriage equality but simply that she would rather not be included in a political ad that didn’t ask for her consent. Seems pretty reasonable to me. And I was 3 days old enough to vote against Bush the second time.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:37am
  34. Here’s where we need a DISLIKE button!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:39am
  35. As a Canadian who has the right to marry, I watch the behaviour of queer Americans on these sites and am dismayed by the vitriolic personal attacks against opponents. Obviously this is an American thing and perhaps could be contributing to the length of time it is taking for same sex marriage to come to the US.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:43am
  36. As a public figure, your public pronouncements are Not yours anymore.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:44am
  37. Sink into well deserved obscurity.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:45am
  38. I imagine that the Coalition should have obtained permission from these folks prior to airing a political message with them in it.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:47am
  39. People the woman has the right to not be included in the campaign. Did they ask her permission? If we have to be angry at people lets start getting angry at all closeted gays in this country, those who accept nasty jokes without saying a word, those who marry women and put faceless pics on Craigslist to get laid. I am not republican but I understand her point of view.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:48am
  40. Susan McRae, how about you look at the public pronouncements of bigots who want us dead instead of blaming some posts that do no more than bolster one another and let off some steam and anxiety. How disgusting that you, from the comfort of your country, which unless you emigrated, was an accident of birth, wallow in benefits you got without struggle and spit on us.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:50am
  41. The same thing kind of happened with Cindy McCain a few years ago. She did a pic for the No H8t campaign & then hubby John made her backtrack. These ladies probably actually do support gay marriage but don’t have the backbone to stand up for their beliefs without hubby’s support.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:54am
  42. Maybe her husband threatened to beat her if she didn’t say something.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:55am
  43. Are we really surprised though?

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:56am
  44. Please just go away.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:01am
  45. Who cares! The broad always looked glassy eyed and medicated to me anyway.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:03am
  46. I think Susan Macrae has a point, though. The vitriol that comes out of us (lgbt folks) at times is sad. I understand the anger, but that doesn’t mean that hate-filled expressions are the best or healthiest way to channel the anger.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:04am
  47. So what if she doesn’t want to be affiliated with an ad. She proudly wrote of her support in her book.
    “She conceded that she disagrees with her husband, President George W. Bush, on the issue of same-sex marriage and that she believes its full legalization is inevitable.”

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:08am
  48. Who cares, she’s a Bush. How positive could she be to anything? Better off without the idiot’s wife.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:09am
  49. Well, she said it so you know what, if you don’t believe it don’t open your mouth on national TV…I actually thought she had come into the 21C. I thought maybe her daughters had helped her to see how love is love and everyone should be able to marry whom they want. Guess that wasn’t the case. I hope her daughters talk to her and enlighten her unless, of course they are as backward-thinking as she is.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:12am
  50. The daughters have done more than the parents ever will..she was getting thrown into hot water about it and backed out like the rest of the Bush’s would have. To think she told me to my face at a luncheon that she supported it. Liar.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:20am
  51. Hell we can be used in ad without permission what makes her any better then us just saying

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:25am
  52. Cunt

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:37am
  53. Good riddance…to quote Shel Silverstein: some kind of help is the kind of help that helping is all about/and some kind of help is the kind of help that we can all do without!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:39am
  54. Burn that Bush!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:45am
  55. Dudes chill out. They didn’t ask for her permission. I’m an advocate for equality and a lesbian, but if someone used my likeness or words without my knowledge or approval I’d asked to be removed too. It’s a matter of permissions. And if she has changed her mind, so what? Would you want people quoting Barack Obama back when he didn’t support marriage equality? She has a right to not want to appear in the ad and no matter what that reason is it’s her decision.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:51am
  56. CNN owns the video, not her. The only permission needed to use that clip is CNN’s.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:54am
  57. filthy lying bitch!!!! she deserves to be married to that IDIOT!!!!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:55am
  58. Interesting that she will not stand behind her own words. Sad. So much for her supposed support.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:00am
  59. I am a proud American, and an open Lesbian. I am not a Republican nor Democrat, nor conservative or liberal. But to see attacks made on a person for wanting to pull their face from an equality ad (even though they still support equality) is down right disgraceful. Its all about respect, and in order to get respect you have to give it, and seeing from all of the things being said makes people look at the commenters in either a good light or bad light. knowing most of us know what its like to be called hurtful things, does it make us any better to do that to others as well? No. In fact, it makes us worse if we consider it ‘ok’ to do that because we ‘we treated that way’ or ‘she deserves it’. Just be glad she supports same sex marriage, now let her support it the way she chooses to support it.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:20am
  60. Laura, F**K you!

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:42am
  61. Fucking old bitch

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 11:47am
  62. What a shame. A chance to do something positive and useful and she’s not up to it. Give her a break though folks, she’s stuck living with GW; punishment enough.

    Posted on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 12:28pm