In a move that is sure to have my right-wing conservative friends pulling out the dusty bottle of whiskey tonight, Politico reports that a new campaign supporting gay marriage is going to be unleashed. The stars of the show? Former Vice President Dick Cheney, former first lady Laura Bush, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, and President Barack Obama.
The Respect for Marriage Coalition, a group that is co-chaired by the Human Rights Campaign, will be launching a $1 million media campaign in support of marriage equality. The campaign will begin with spots on national cable TV and the Sunday morning news shows, and will also feature ads on websites, including Politico, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. Full-page ads will be appearing in several major newspapers.
The Coalition wanted to show voices from the right and from the left. The clips aren’t new interviews, but are clips from previous recorded shows in which the Fab Four have expressed their opinion of gay marriage and marriage equality.
Former Vice-President Cheney’s daughter, Mary, is gay and married her long-time partner in June. He has been involved in marriage equality lobbying efforts in Maryland. The Cheneys didn’t attend the wedding.
“I’m sure it was fine. We wished them well. She wanted to avoid having it be a media circus or having it become part of the political debate. So Lynn and I were very proud and happy and congratulated them.”
“I think that we ought to definitely look at it and debate it. I think there are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman, but I also know that when couples are committed to each other and love each other that they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.” (Huffington Post)
“Allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country.” (YouTube video)
“I think freedom means freedom for everybody and you ought to have the right to make whatever choice you want to make with respect to your own personal situation. I certainly don’t have any problem with it.” (Huffington Post)
“Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.” (YouTube video)
Unfortunately, Mrs. Bush was unwilling to stand by the candid words spoken in an interview with CNN’s Larry King, and has asked to be removed from the ad. (Dallas Morning News)
Bush spokeswoman Anne MacDonald issued a statement Wednesday saying 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. When she became aware of the advertisement last night, we requested that the group remove her from it,” MacDonald said. (Dallas Morning News)
It’s really too late, Laura. You already showed us your humanity, and you can’t take that back. We heard what you said. We also remember you saying in the same interview that you are pro-choice. But, we can rest assured that some things – cowardice and Bush hypocrisy - never change. I will never understand how people, especially women, because we’ve had to fight so hard to have a voice, will not stand on their principles and let their voices be heard. Anyhow, we’ve got this without you, Mrs. Bush. Gay people WILL have the right to love who they choose, and there’s nothing you can do about that.
Here’s the video:
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