We just reported yesterday on the new ad for marriage equality featuring conservative icons like Colin Powell, Dick Cheney and Laura Bush.
Well, if George’s old lady has her way, you won’t see her in the spot any more.
Representatives for the ex-First Lady reached out to the Respect for Marriage Coalition, the group which created the ad, and asked them to remove the clip of her telling Larry King in 2010 that gay couples “ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone else has.”
On Wednesday, the First Lady’s spokeswoman, Anne MacDonald, said Laura “did not approve” of the PSA and is not affiliated with the Respect for Marriage Coalition in any way. “When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it,” said MacDonald.
The commercial, which began airing on cable Wednesday, is part of a $1 million media buy that also includes full-page print ads in The New York Times and Wall Street Journal. The Coalition, which is affiliated with HRC, has not made a public statement about the request.
Y’know, when Laura made her statement to Larry King, we said it was too little, too late. We didn’t realize she could do even less for the cause of equality.
Below, check out the original Respect for Marriage Coalition video, with Laura still included