Former first lady Laura Bush has asked to be removed from a national gay marriage campaign launched this week.

The $1 million ad campaign which launched on Wednesday is being paid for by the Respect for Marriage Coalition, which is co-chaired by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest gay rights advocate.

In the ad, Bush is heard telling CNN's Larry King, “When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.”

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Anne MacDonald, a Bush spokeswoman, told The Dallas Morning News 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.

The Respect for Marriage Coalition has said that the television ad will be broadcast on network Sunday morning news shows and print ads will begin running in the next week.