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Laura Bush Wants Out of Gay Marriage Ad

Posted by on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:07 PM
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Laura Bush Wants Out of Gay Marriage Ad

By Anjuli Sastry

Feb 21, 2013 11:52am
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Laura Bush was apparently caught off guard this week when she was featured in a TV ad in support of  gay marriage.

 The ad, created by a group called Respect for Marriage Coalition, includes a statement Bush made during an interview with CNN’s “Larry King Live” in 2010 in which she talked about her memoir, “Spoken from the Heart.”

“When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has,” she told King three years ago.

The former first lady’s office told the Dallas Morning News that Bush had not given her consent to be part of the ad, and had asked that she be removed from it.

Bush also told Larry King that she disagreed with her husband on the issue of gay marriage. Although Bush told King that she’d talked to her husband about same-sex marriage and abortion, she “did not really”express her views on either of  these issues when she lived in the White House.
 
The ad also included sound bites from past TV interviews with former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Vice President Dick Cheney, as well as President Obama’s declaration in last month’s inaugural address that gays and lesbians must be “treated like anyone else under the law.”
 

Neither Obama nor Cheney support a federal statute for gay marriage. In an interview last May with ABC’s Robin Roberts, Obama endorsed gay marriage but said it was “an issue that is going to  be worked out at the local level,” and that it had  not historically “been a federal issue.”

The $1 million Respect for Marriage ad campaign is part of a new national effort by the group to start a  discourse on same sex marriage.

As of Thursday it did not appear as if Bush would be removed from the ad or that the ad would be taken down.

“We used public comments for this ad from American leaders who have expressed support for civil marriage,” reads a statement from the Respect for Marriage Coalition. “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.”

A second ad for the campaign featuring a a Republican military veteran named Craig Stowell will begin running this weekend.

Does a person such a Laura Bush get to demand that her words not be used? She made a statement publicly. Does she own the rights to how her words ae used? Was her statement ambiguous?

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mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:12 PM

How unfortunate that she is unable to have her own opinion.

mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I think it would be respectful to take her out of the ad. Do they have to? I don't think so, not legally at least. She did make the statement publically. 

coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM
If she said those words publicly and they weren't twisted in any way and she believes what she said, I don't see the big deal.
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talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:21 PM
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I look at it the same way as people demanding that politicians stop using their music. They don't have to but nice people would.
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talia-mom
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:24 PM
She tends to stay out of most political issues and probably wants to keep it that way.


Quoting coolmommy2x:

If she said those words publicly and they weren't twisted in any way and she believes what she said, I don't see the big deal.

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coolmommy2x
by Gold Member on Feb. 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM
Then she needs to be really careful with what she says. As a former first lady, she needs to be careful what she says.

Quoting talia-mom:

She tends to stay out of most political issues and probably wants to keep it that way.




Quoting coolmommy2x:

If she said those words publicly and they weren't twisted in any way and she believes what she said, I don't see the big deal.

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