(Now Updated) When Laura Bush, Colin Powell and Dick Cheney come out for same-sex marriage, you know the tide is turning. Respect for Marriage Coalition describes itself as “a partnership of more than 80 civil rights, faith, health, labor, business, legal, LGBT, student, and women’s organizations working together to end the Defense of Marriage Act and grow support for the freedom to marry.” This video is the Coalition’s first national ad that’s appearing on televisions across the United States today. It concludes with Barak Obama’s appeal in his recent inauguration speech:
Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law.
UPDATE: Since this piece was posted, a spokesperson for Laura Bush confirmed that the former First Lady had requested to have her name and image removed from the ad in question. In a statement, Bush spokeswoman Anne MacDonald said in a she “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.” OK. It’s a shame she hasn’t got the courage of her conviction on this (and perhaps she was just put under pressure) but she still said it.