Ad spotlights Republican support for gay marriage
February 20th, 2013
08:22 AM ET
1 year ago

Ad spotlights Republican support for gay marriage

(CNN) - Prominent Republicans who support marriage rights for same-sex couples are the focus of a new million-dollar ad campaign that's set to roll out Wednesday.

The spot, from the Respect for Marriage Coalition, feature clips of former Vice President Dick Cheney, former first lady Laura Bush, and former Secretary of State Colin Powell all voicing their support for same-sex marriage rights. The ads also use a clip from President Barack Obama's second inaugural address in January.

The group said they would spend $1 million to air the ad, as well as run print ads in major newspapers utilizing the same quotes from the Republicans who back equal marriage rights.

"None of us would want to be told we can't marry the person we love," a narrator says introducing the clips. "That's why a growing majority of Americans believe it's time to allow marriage for gay and lesbian couples."

Bush is shown in a 2010 CNN interview with Larry King saying, "When couples are committed to each other and love each other then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has."

Those remarks came as a surprise at the time, since she appeared to be breaking ranks on the issue with her husband, former President George W. Bush. In 2011, her daughter Barbara appeared in a television spot for another pro-gay marriage group, the Human Rights Campaign.

Wednesday's ad from the Respect for Marriage Coalition also shows Colin Powell, the former Secretary of State under George W. Bush, supporting same-sex marriage in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer from May.

"Allowing them to live together with the protection of law, it seems to me is the way we should be moving in this country," Powell said on CNN's "The Situation Room."

That interview reflected a shift for Powell, who was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff when the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy was implemented.

A third Republican, former Vice President Dick Cheney, is shown in the spot saying "Freedom means freedom for everyone." Cheney's younger daughter Mary wed her longtime partner Heather Poe in June. They were married in Washington, D.C., which legalized same-sex marriage in 2009.

And a Democrat, President Barack Obama, is shown during his January inauguration address declaring "Our journey is not complete until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law."

The new ad campaign comes as the Supreme Court prepares to tackle the issue of same-sex marriage this spring. Last year the high court agreed to hear two constitutional challenges to state and federal laws dealing with the recognition of gay and lesbian couples to legally wed.

Oral arguments will be held on March 26 and 27, with a ruling by late June.


Filed under: Colin Powell • Dick Cheney • Laura Bush • Same-sex marriage
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Pete

    Hey republicans what are yah gonna say now that prominent people from your racist party approve gay marriage,rights to go with them..This blows your extremist views out the window unless you want to disown the likes of Cheney,Mrs.Bush and Colin Powell ,but then after seeing you rant and throw slanderous lies Hagels way just recently during confirmation hearings its become clear no one is safe from your ignorent,selfserving views and yes republicans you republicans eat your own don't you!!

    February 20, 2013 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  2. Don

    Gen Powell is not a Republican. He just refuses to see it.

    February 20, 2013 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  3. Boo

    Let's see...I counted three Republicans mentioned in this article that are for gay marriage. And they expect us to believe the Republicans are pro-gay marriage? I may be crazy but I am not stupid.

    February 20, 2013 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Big whoop. None of these people have to face the wrath of the Bible Thumping zealots that run the party so they have nothing to lose. When a prominent republican (and 2016 candidate) comes out and says this, THEN it will be news. Until then, it's the same old same old...YAWN

    February 20, 2013 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. Just a thought

    Wow.....a reasonably sane Republican....those are a rare commodity. Most of them are too stupid to turn off Limberger and believe that Shammity and Faux and fools are actually the news.

    February 20, 2013 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  6. Wake up People!

    Now they support gay marriage but they didn't BEFORE the election. Ok now I get it. Does the GOP really think most Americans are as stupid and illiterate as their followers??? Also where were Colin Powell, Dick Cheney and Laura Bush when their party leaders were denigrating gays???

    This is a scary group of people, they have proven they will do or say anything to win. We just have to hope most Americans are not that stupid and won't forget how the republikkkan party continue to hold our country hostage in their never ending quest to bring our duly elected POTUS down.

    February 20, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  7. tk

    Yes, but Colin Powell is not a repbulican.......you all not its true.

    February 20, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  8. tk

    you all KNOW its true, sorry.

    February 20, 2013 09:46 am at 9:46 am |