Laura Bush Supports Gay Marriage, Abortion

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Former First Lady Laura Bush says she disagrees with her husband on same-sex marriage and abortion issues.

After remaining silent on both issues for eight years, during an interview Tuesday with CNN's Larry King she voiced support for legalizing same-sex marriage.

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"There are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with that because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman," she replied when King asked a question about gay marriage. "But I also know that, you know, when couples are committed to each other and love each other, that they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has."

Mrs. Bush said she and the ex-president "disagree" on legalizing same-sex marriage but are never argumentative over the issue.

"I understand totally what George thinks and what other people think about marriage being between a man and a woman. And it's a real, you know, reversal really for to accept gay marriage," she said.

King asked Mrs. Bush if she thought the legalization of same-sex marriage is coming.

"Yeah, that will come, I think," she replied.

Mrs. Bush also told King that abortion should remain legal and that she told her husband this on his first day in office.

"I think it's important for people, for medical reasons and other reasons," the former first lady said.

She added that on the day of her husband's first inauguration, she was interviewed by CBS' Katie Couric who "asked two questions about abortion, and then she asked me if I was for the overturn of Roe v. Wade."

"And I thought, 'Do I really want to start my husband's presidency suggesting that a Supreme Court rule being overturned?' And I said 'No,'" she told King.

People from both sides of the political aisle are upset about Mrs. Bush's recent admissions.

Liberal groups say she should have spoken out sooner when she was in the White House, while conservatives say Mrs. Bush's opinions do not reflect the beliefs of most Americans.

"Laura Bush is probably coming out now because she has the freedom to," Wendy Wright of Concerned Women for America said. "Before this, her husband was in office or running for office, and it would have severely impacted in a negative way his chances. I think she recognized that because many Americans don't fall in line with the views that she expressed."

One viewer on CBN News' Facebook page expressed her disappointment over Mrs. Bush's revelation. You can follow the discussion on the CBN News Facebook page here.

"I was such a fan of Mrs. Laura Bush that [I] even named my daughter after her," the viewer wrote. "Now I cannot say that [the] former first lady's convictions line up with mine."

Mrs. Bush appeared on Larry King Live to promote her new memoir Spoken from the Heart.

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