No 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