Laura Bush Comes Out Pro-Choice and Pro-Gay Marriage

Promoting her autobiography on CNN this week, former first lady Laura Bush told Larry King that she disagreed with her husband George Bush on gay marriage and abortion. In a thoughtful and measured response she went on to say that she believed gay marriage was a generational issue and that, in time, she thought marriage equality would be a reality.

On pro-choice and abortion issues, she said that abortion should stay legal “for medical reasons and other reasons.”

Watch the clip below:

In her book, Spoken From the Heart, she reveals that, during the run up to the 2004 election, she urged her husband not to make gay marriage a prominent part of his campaign given the “social issue” it had become, writing:

“Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage a significant issue. We have, I reminded him, a number of close friends who are gay or whose children are gay. But at that moment I could never have imagined what path this issue would take and where it would lead.”

Bush went on to throw his support behind a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. The measured failed in the U.S. Senate.

Speaking on behalf of the Human Rights Campaign, Michael Cole remarked on the Larry King interview: “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 realize all families need the same rights and protections.”

Terry O’Neill, president of the National Organization for Women, commented in a similar way, saying: “Every first lady has to make choices on what they will take a public stance on, and she is not the elected official. But I am thrilled she is now going public with her views.”

What do you think? Is this advocacy too late to matter, or a welcome declaration?
 

168 comments

Allan Y.
.5 years ago

Thank you Mrs. Bush.

Ann Eastman
Ann Eastman6 years ago

It's still nice to think there was some cortical activity in the White House during the Bush years.

Shirley Winslett
starnsky sky6 years ago

Against gay marriage, and now against Laura Bush!

Shirley Winslett
starnsky sky6 years ago

I am against gay marriage and it should not be put in the same standing as man and wife. I am not a gay basher, but c'mon please don't force it on me. God created ADAM AND EVE. Enough said, that is in a nut shell!

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Yvonne B.6 years ago

Wow! Leave it to a faux Christian like Sandra "B.?" to set back progress a hundred years. A "real" Christian once said, "you can be sure you created God in your own image when he hates everyone you do". Thanks for exposing your real nature for all to see - so inspiring!

Sabrinna Valisce
Sabrinna V.6 years ago

Marriage provides 'next-of-kin' legal rights which, in the event of unfortunate circumstances, are of pivotal importance. It is for this reason I support gay marriage/civil union. Why be against love? There are more appropriate things to take a stand against.

Sandra B.
Sandra B.6 years ago

I'm strongly against aborting another life which isn't even born yet. If women/young or older, doeesn't want kids, KEEP THEIR DANG LEGS CLOSED. As for the GAYS, they all should be put into a rocket, controls set towards the sun and blown up. It goes against what God teaches in the bible, Lev 5-31,32.

Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

Sorry, made a type on my last comment; it should read "W. Bush destroyed our economy, not out economy."

Past Member
Past Member 6 years ago

Bravo for Laura Bush for speaking her own mind, which is far more intelligent than her husband's, the man who destroyed out economy, not to mention several other country's.

Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin6 years ago

Monday, May 17, 2010, 6.25 AM Sandra B wrote:
"I am strongly against "GAY " marriages because it goes against the teaching the word of our lord. It should be outlawed. Thoese people who think it's ok, think again. All Gay & Lesbians no matter who they are should be put in a rocket with the controlls set and locked towards the sun and let it fly. We have enough desease here on earth, we don't want or need this crap added to it."

I just have one question, Sandra: What planet did you evolve from? Uranus? Well, if it is so, why don't you return. Immediately.

I don't care if my comment will cause homophobes to spend the rest of their lives answering me in even more insulting ways than Sandra's comments. I say: Go for it, because if you keep busy writing me you can't be out in the public spewing your hate towards others. I can take it, so go for it!