Former First Lady Laura Bush asked to be removed from a $1 million national multi-media ad campaign supporting the legalization of gay marriage.
Bush spokeswoman Anne MacDonald said Wednesday that 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."
The ad by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, a group of LGBT, civil rights and labor organizations, was designed to highlight bipartisan support for marriage equality. It featured video clips from Bush, President Barack Obama, former Vice President Dick Cheney and former Secretary of State Colin Powell making statements supportive of gay marraige.
"When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has," Bush was shown saying on CNN in a 2010 interview with Larry King.
The group will release a new ad replacing Bush with a Republican former Marine, Craig Stowell, who speaks about how he came to support gay marriage after learning his brother was gay, Politico reports.
Via the Dallas Morning News and Politico