Marriage-Equality Group Replaces Laura Bush Ad After Former First Lady Complains

After former First Lady Laura Bush asked to be removed from an ad for marriage equality, the Respect for Marriage Coalition has announced it will produce a new spot to replace the original.

In a statement to Politico, the group explained:

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 new ad features former Marine Craig Stowell, the Republican chair of the pro-equality group, Standing Up for New Hampshire Families, discussing his support for same-sex marriage and his gay brother, Calvin.

Representatives for the ex-First Lady reached out to the Respect for Marriage Coalition earlier this week 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.”

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.

We weren’t that impressed by Laura’s mealy-mouthed endorsement in the first place—especially in comparison to the strident support our community has received from Hilary Clinton and Michele Obama.

Maybe they can splice in some footage of former Governor Jon Huntsman, too?

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  • jwrappaport

    The word strident in the article doesn’t really work. It has a negative connotation and implies a harsh or unpleasant tone.

  • Dakotahgeo

    Anything coming from the Bush clan should be suspect and open to scrutiny. It is a known fact that if GHWB hadn’t followed GW Bunnypants around during his lifetime, he would never have graduated from Huggies! His University record was a mess (C average and Daddy’s money got him through that), his military was AWOL and crashed two (that we know of) jets left his military genius in tatters, and then there’s the story time 9-11 debacle, not to mention the Iraq War will thousands of WMDs! Yep, that’s our Georgie Boy! Anyone who married this joker gets to share his legacy, reputation, and his ineptitude!

  • Dakotahgeo

    @Dakotahgeo: Ohhh… I forgot one other thing… he loves to drive drunk but they can’t seem to “find” any records of his traffic (DUI) tickets! Wonder why THAT is?!?

  • LandStander

    @jwrappaport: Have to agree here lol, “strident support” doesn’t really even make sense. Strident is a shrill, irritating quality. The presidents support of us is shrill and irritating?

  • LandStander

    @LandStander: Hilary Clinton and Michele Obama’s support of us*

  • 1EqualityUSA

    I could care less if Laura Bush or any of their brood changes their minds about supporting us. Her husband is an idiot and she’s an idiot for staying married to such a freaker. What a pack of losers. Infamous.

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