The pro-same sex marriage ad launched this week makes a point of the bipartisan support for same-sex nuptials, with Laura Bush, Dick Cheney and Colin Powell shown talking about giving loving couples equal rights.
But Bush is objecting to her inclusion in the spot. Her spokeswoman told CNN, “Mrs. Bush did not approve of her inclusion in this advertisement nor is
she associated in any way with the group that made the ad. When she became aware of the advertisement Tuesday night, we
requested that the group remove her from it.”
A spokesman for the org the made the ad, the Respect for Marriage Coalition, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
While there would probably be a strong fair-use argument in the use of the clip of Bush, her statement suggests that she’s irked by the idea of false endorsement not of same-sex marriage, but of the Respect for Marriage Coalition. It brings to mind the use of clips of news personalities in campaign commercials. Journalists have had a tough time getting their names and images removed from those spots.
Meanwhile, the attorneys challenging Prop 8 filed their brief today with the Supreme Court, in advance of oral arguments scheduled on March 26.
An excerpt: “Proponents accuse Plaintiffs (repeatedly) of “re-defining marriage.”
But it is pro-onents who have imagined (not from
any of this Court’s decisions)a cramped definition of marriage as a utilitarian incentive devised by and put into service by the State—society’s way of channeling heterosexual potential parents into ‘responsible pro-creation.’ In their 65-page brief about marriage in California, Proponents do not even mention the word ‘love.’ They seem to have no understanding of the privacy, liberty, and associational values that under-lie this Court’s recognition of marriage as a fundamental, personal right.”