Laura Bush gay marriage ad removed

Former U.S. first lady Laura Bush has been removed by request from a pro gay marriage ad campaign launched by the Respect for Marriage Coalition on print and broadcast media this week.

According to The Dallas Morning News, the coalition is set to launch a new ad that will no longer use a 2010 news clip of Mrs. Bush’ statement on same sex marriage.

The first ad, which included a clip of Mrs. Bush’ 2010 interview with Larry King on CNN saying “When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has” was already taken down.

On Wednesday, Bush spokeswoman Anne MacDonald said in a statement 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 following day, the group said they are honoring her request to be removed from the ad.

“We appreciate Mrs. Bush’s previous comments but are sorry she didn’t want to be included in an ad,” the coalition reportedly said in a statement.