Laura Bush Is Pro-Choice, Pro Gay Marriage

Former first lady Laura Bush kept mum for eight years on two cornerstone issues of her husband's presidency: gay marriage and abortion. All that changed on Tuesday when she came out in support of both issues on Larry King Live. "There are a lot of people who have trouble coming to terms with [gay marriage] because they see marriage as traditionally between a man and a woman," she said, adding, "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 also mentioned that she believes the legalization of gay marriage is forthcoming. On the issue of abortion, she said that it should "remain legal, because I think it's important for people, for medical reasons and other reasons." Despite the differences between herself and her husband, Mrs. Bush insisted that the two were not "argumentative…. I understand his viewpoint. And he understands mine."