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Pickels asks to be removed from pro-gay marriage ad

Former first lady Laura Bush requested she be removed from a pro-marriage equality group's national ad campaign, the Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday.

Bush's request came after the official launch of a print, online and television ad campaign spearheaded by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, group of more than 80 organizations co-chaired by Freedom to Marry and the Human Rights Campaign.

The ad opens with a clip from 2010 featuring Bush telling CNN's Larry King that she supports gay marriage and abortion rights. In the clip, Bush 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.”

A statement issued by Bush's spokeswoman, Anne MacDonald, claims the former first lady became aware of the advertisement Tuesday night and "requested that the group remove her from it."

According to MacDonald, Bush "did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way."

During the same "Larry King Live" program in May 2010, Bush had this to say about marriage equality:

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.

The clip of Bush's appearance aired in the Respect for Marriage coalition campaign alongside clips of prominent figures from both parties, including former Secretary of Defense Colin Powell, former Vice President Dick Cheney and President Barack Obama, vocalizing their support for gay marriage on various news stations over the years.

Respect for Marriage Coalition has issued a statement to Politico on the matter.

“We used public comments for this ad from American leaders who have expressed support for civil marriage,” the group said. “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 ad is set to air on several television networks' Sunday programs in the coming weeks, and full-page print ads will appear in news publications such as The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post, according to the coalition's press release.

A second ad from the group, entitled "Stowell," will feature a Republican military veteran named Craig Stowell and will start running this weekend.

by Anonymousreply 1202/21/2013

Sorry: "Pickles," not "Pickels"

by Anonymousreply 102/21/2013

We know.

by Anonymousreply 202/21/2013

Laura Bush...Now there's someone who knows how to hate.

by Anonymousreply 302/21/2013

I can understand her "asking" to be removed. But I don't understand the Coalition removing it. If she said it, and it was cleared through CNN (who, I presume own the LKL rights), I would think that she was SOL.

by Anonymousreply 402/21/2013

I'd like to remove her from planet Earth. Bitch makes my ass hurt.

by Anonymousreply 502/21/2013

Just like the Democrats! Holding me to things I actually said!

by Anonymousreply 602/21/2013

[quote]Laura Bush...Now there's someone who knows how to hate.

With her car!

by Anonymousreply 702/21/2013

Laura was all set to do the ad, and then I had a little talk with her and explained how alimony settlements work for women who don't play ball with the family.

by Anonymousreply 802/21/2013

Typical of the Bush family.

All of them morally spineless... socially and politically opportunist... more worthy than thou elitists.

Her husband W, never said a word to the advantage of gay people... not about same-sex marriage or even about curbing anti-gay discrimination... But AFTER leaving office, he states, "oh, I'm a friend of gays and lesbians."

by Anonymousreply 902/21/2013

She said it, so...she said it, goddammit.

According to Laura Bush's own words, she believes in marriage equality, but apparently she doesn't want to be seen repeating her onw words?

Keep it in. Fuck her--and her husband.

by Anonymousreply 1002/21/2013

That's what I don't understand R9. Why is it a problem for her now? Her brother in law's political ambitions?

by Anonymousreply 1102/21/2013

If she wants it out so bad, she can retract it, say she only supports male/female marriage. That would be a reason to take it out. Apparently she's not willing to go that far yet, but she should be pressured to retract or shut up.

by Anonymousreply 1202/21/2013
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