Laura Bush tells her big secrets 

May 15, 2010 
LAURA Bush has admitted secretly supporting gay marriage and abortion rights 
while her husband was president.

She said she kept quiet so as not to be seen backing measures that George Bush 
had strongly opposed.

Mrs Bush said in a TV interview that they had disagreements in private but were 
not ''argumentative''.

''I think we ought to look at gay marriage and debate it,'' she said. ''A lot 
of people have trouble coming to terms with it, because they see marriage 
traditionally as a man and woman.

''But I also know that when couples are committed to each other and love each 
other, they ought to have the same sort of rights that everyone has.''

Mrs Bush said she did not discuss the issues when her husband was president 
because she was rarely asked about them. She recalled biting her tongue when 
asked her views on the Supreme Court judgment that legalised abortion during an 
interview on her husband's inauguration day in 2001.

But in the interview with CNN this week she was more expansive, saying abortion 
should ''remain legal, because I think it's important for people, for medical 
reasons and other reasons''.

In her recently published memoir, Spoken from the Heart, Mrs Bush said she 
spoke to her husband ''about not making gay marriage a significant issue'' in 
the 2004 election. ''We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are 
gay or whose children are gay,'' she wrote.

In 2004, several states put referendums on gay marriage on the ballot alongside 
the vote for president in what was seen as an attempt to turn out right-wing 
and evangelical voters.

Michael Cole, a spokesman for the Human Rights Campaign, a US gay rights group, 
said: ''When the right wing was using same-sex couples as election-year pawns 
we would have welcomed support from the first lady. Nevertheless, her speaking 
out now for marriage equality shows that more and more Americans realise all 
families need the same rights and protections.'' 


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