Marriage Equality Campaign Drops Laura Bush From Ads

Craig Stowell and his gay brother, Calvin.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition has acquiesced to Former First Lady Laura Bush’s request not to have her public comments used in a new ad campaign highlighting bipartisan support for marriage equality. The group told Politico it was moving on “to new and different voices:”

We used public comments for this ad from American leaders who have expressed support for civil marriage. We appreciate Mrs. Bush’s previous comments but are sorry she didn’t want to be included in an ad. The ad launched a public education campaign that will now move to new and different voices that reflect the depth and breadth of our support.

The ads will now include former Marine Craig Stowell, who identifies as a conservative Republican but supports marriage equality because of his gay brother. In 2011, Stowell emotionally testified before the New Hampshire legislature defending same-sex marriage, calling attempts to repeal the state’s same-sex marriage law “wrong” and “shameful.” Watch it: