Former First Lady Laura Bush Is Embarrassed to Admit How She Really Feels About Gay Marriage (VIDEO)

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laura bush on larry king 2010No one expected that figureheads from the George W. Bush era would ever come out swinging for gay marriage. But in the last few years, we've been pleasantly surprised to find that a few Republicans -- like former First Lady Laura Bush, Colin Powell, and former VP Dick Cheney -- really do have souls! They really do support all Americans being able to enjoy the same officiality and benefits associated with marriage. At least according to interviews they've given in the last couple of years. For instance, Laura Bush famously said to Larry King in 2010, "When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has." Awesome, right?

But no. She had to go and do something to ruin it ... The snippet was used in a new Respect for Marriage Coalition ad, and when Bush caught wind of it, she had a fit and demanded her clip be edited out.

Here's the ad in question ...


Not sure how this ad is anything short of completely necessary at this moment in our country's history. Or something the public figures in the ad shouldn't be proud to be associated with. And yet, Mrs. Bush's rep released a statement noting that the ex-FLOTUS "did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way." Wah wah wah. The backlash (the word "hypocrite!" is getting thrown around quite a bit) has already begun, and it's not pretty. Nor should it be!

The simple truth here is that if you have enough conviction to believe in a cause -- especially one that really hits home and affects so many Americans and is a blatant inequality we need to correct ASAP -- then you should feel comfortable standing behind that cause publicly. I'm not sure why Mrs. Bush would think it's okay to go on Larry King three years ago and voice her support for gay marriage, but NOW, she has a problem with it. Actually, I can think of one reason: Cowardice. Her reaction is just plain embarrassing.

What do you think about Laura Bush's reaction to this ad? Do you agree she should have stood by her remarks?


Image via RespectForMarriage/YouTube

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nonmember avatar MammaMel

Um, false? I'm all about everyone having equal rights, but I don't go singing from the roof tops. Here's the thing, there are some of us that aren't super charged about this, we believe in something, but we aren't comfortable going around advertizing. It's her right, and I don't see her as a coward.

DebaLa DebaLa

Now wait a minute: it's one thing for Laura Bush, a former FL, to talk about a subject from her personal perspective. It's quite another to have the media hijack a quote to serve their own ends [even if I agree with said statement] and expect a positive response from her? She was not asked for her permission to use the quote as part of an ad campaign. Yes it happens, but that is just wrong, and wrong ot anyone to call her or anyone a coward. Shame on you, MB.

nonmember avatar mm

Yeah, I'm not so sure its about being embarrassed since you made the statement publically. I think it might be more like a vocal activist group stealing a quote to use in their ads. Despite agreeing with them, she is not affiliated with them and did not do the interview for them yet them using her quote makes it seem otherwise. Its deceptive and just plain wrong. For example I support preserving whales and whale habitat, but I would absolutely not appreciate becoming an involuntary spokesperson for the Whale Wars/ Sea Shepard crew. You can absolutely support a cause without becoming a pawn for an advocacy compaign.

BirdCo BirdCo

You know what I keep reading your articles hoping that someday you will write something that isn't petty and vicious. Silly me. From the get go being "surprised" by republicans having souls to calling Laura Bush a coward it is apparent that you are just hateful.

nonmember avatar ad

@BirdCo - agree!!

bills... billsfan1104

This is just a hateful article. The group did not have permission to use her or her quote in anything. She is not an advocate for them and shouldn't be used as an advocate unless she gives permission. You know what, Maressa, it's ok to agree with someone and be for gay marriage without having to wave you hands in the air saying "look at me look at me, I like gay marriage". Leave her alone, she is not a coward nor a hypocrite. She is one of the most gracious First Ladies we ever had.

bills... billsfan1104

And just so you know, she is still for gay marriage, just because she doesn't want her to be used in an ad campaign, doesn't mean she is now against it. Damn, why are so bitchy towards her?

nonmember avatar Liz

I fully support the legalization of gay marriage and can't stand bigots who fight to keep it illegal. That being said, it's wrong to use someone's image and words without their permission.

Caera Caera

Don't blame her one bit. Maybe the assholes who put the ad together should've had the courtesy to ASK her first.

And BTW Maressa, people who believe only men and women should be married aren't soulless. That's just you showing your bigoted ass again. Put it away, bitch. No one wants to see it.

OoOJa... OoOJanisOoO

What BirdCo said!

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