Former First Lady Laura Bush has asked to be removed from a national television ad promoting same-sex marriage. The ad was part of a $1 million print and broadcast campaign by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, an effort of the homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign.
In addition to Mrs. Bush, the ad features appearances by President Obama, former Vice President Dick Cheney, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell. The gay marriage group said that television spots were scheduled to begin running February 24 on the Sunday network news talk shows, with print ads slated for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other newspapers.
“Against the backdrop of President Obama's historic comments about marriage rights in his inaugural address, freedom to marry legislation pending in a number of states, and two landmark marriage cases before the U.S. Supreme Court,” explained the group in a statement, “the Coalition is working to grow support for marriage rights for same-sex couples across the nation.”
The specific broadcast ad in which the national figures appear does not include sit-down interviews, but features clips culled from news shows, speeches, and other media appearances. For example, Obama is shown declaring during his recent inaugural address: “Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.”
Cheney is shown saying that “none of us would want to be told we can’t marry the person we love. That’s why a growing majority of Americans believe it’s time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples. Freedom means freedom for everyone.” And Powell declares that normalizing same-sex marriage “is the way we should be moving in this country.”
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