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By Noel Young, Correspondent

February 21, 2013 | 2 min read

Laura Bush, wife of ex-president George Bush, has asked to be removed from an ad created by The Respect for Marriage Coalition that features her (and other prominent Republicans) supporting gay marriage.

Laura was apparently "caught off guard" this week, said Yahoo, when she was featured in the TV ad, taken from a CNN interview.

In the interview with CNN's "Larry King Live" in 2010 Laura talked about her memoir, "Spoken from the Heart."

"When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has," she told King three years ago.

The former first lady's office told the Dallas Morning News that Bush had not given her consent to be part of the ad, and had asked that she be removed from it.

Bush also told Larry King that she disagreed with her husband on the issue of gay marriage.

Although Bush told King that she'd talked to her husband about same-sex marriage and abortion, she "did not really"express her views on either of these issues when she lived in the White House.

The ad also included quotes from past TV interviews with former Secretary of State Colin Powell and formerVice President Dick Cheney supporting gay marriage.

Also in there: President Obama's declaration in last month's inaugural address that gays and lesbians must be "treated like anyone else under the law."