"When couples are committed, they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has," Laura Bush says in a new ad supporting gay marriage. The former first lady, along with fellow Republicans Dick Cheney and Colin Powell, as well as President Barack Obama, are featured in the ad to show that a majority of Americans now support gay marriage rights. But the prominent conservatives, who happen to be more liberal on social issues, did not participate willingly in the ad, which uses statements they've made during cable news or other appearances.
Laura Bush has asked the Respect For Marriage Coalition to remove the clip. Her spokesperson said Laura Bush "did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement, nor is she associated with the group that made the ad in any way." While the ad uses her quote in support of equal rights for gays in context, it seems the first lady is not ready to be a public advocate for the cause. Watch the ad and tell us: do you think she has a right to protest?