Respect for Marriage Coalition has just launched a $1 million national ad campaign to highlight how far attitudes have come in relation to LGBT rights and marriage equality. The campaign features President Obama but also highlights words of tolerance and acceptance from conservatives like Dick Cheney, Colin Powell, and Laura Bush. The ads are scheduled to air nationwide on cable and Sunday morning political talk shows. It will also be accompanied by print ads in major newspapers.
Just as the campaign was released and reached viral status on social media, the former First Lady was made aware of her inclusion in the ad, and immediately distanced herself from the group, the message, and her own words of equality.
The advertising blitz, first reported by Politico, features a clip of Bush talking to Larry King on CNN in 2010 and 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.”
But Bush spokeswoman Anne MacDonald said in a statement Wednesday 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.”
“When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it,” MacDonald said.
Seriously, is there a member of the Bush family that is ever true to their words, have the strength of their convictions, or can just exhibit a backbone?
Shame on you Laura Bush! Lending your image and voice to a project like this would be a loud message to young LGBT people everywhere that there is hope for full equality in their future. Shame, shame, and shame!
WATCH the new marriage equality ad that Laura Bush doesn’t ‘approve‘ of: