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Laura Bush supports gay marriage and abortion rights

May 12, 2010 |  5:26 pm

Now she tells us.

Laura Bush may not have been very vocal about how she felt on gay marriage or abortion when her husband was president, but the former first lady is talking now. (Probably not) coincidentally, it's just in time to promote her new book!

In an interview on "Larry King Live" Tuesday night, Bush said she disagrees with her husband on two key issues that continually popped up during George W. Bush's eight years in office.

On gay marriage, she told CNN show host Larry King: "When couples are committed to each other and love each other, then they ought to have, I think, the same sort of rights that everyone has."

"I think we could" accept gay marriage, she continued. "I also think it's a generational thing.... That will come."

"I understand totally what George thinks and what other people think about marriage being between a man and a woman," she said. "I guess that would be an area that we disagree" on.

Laura Bush also recalled a flurry of questions shortly after her husband took office about overturning Roe vs. Wade.

"I think it's important that it remain legal," she said about abortion. "Because I think it's important for people -- for medical reasons and for other reasons."

Later in the interview, she admitted to "not really" being vocal about these issues during President Bush's tenure. But the feelings were there.

"I understand his viewpoint," she said, "and he understands mine."

-- Mark Milian
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