Laura Bush Removed from Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

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Laura Bush has asked The Respect for Marriage Coalition, which kicked off a $1 million media campaign yesterday, to remove her from an ad that features her support of gay marriage.

The spot quotes a number of famous individuals who are behind its cause, including a clip of Bush speaking with Larry King in 2010 and telling the host:

"When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.”

In response, spokeswoman Anne MacDonald says 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.”

And the organization has honored Bush's request, removing her from the campaign and telling Politico:

“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 Republican military veteran named Craig Stowell - will start running over the weekend.

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