Former First Lady, Laura Bush, appeared on Larry King Live this week, stunning conservatives by stating she secretly supported gay rights and abortion. Mrs. Bush kept her opinions to herself for eight years during the time President George W. Bush was in office.  They had always disagreed "in private", but always understood each others viewpoints.

"I think 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. 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," tells Mrs. Bush to CNN.

In her interview, Mrs. Bush also expressed that in time, gay rights will evolve, calling it a "generational thing". In her new book, "Spoken from the Heart," Bush says she asked her husband to refrain from making gay marriage a significant 2004 campaign issue, as it would have effected people in their lives.

Soon after winning his second term, Mr Bush went on to make a speech calling for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as being only between a man and a woman.

Her view on abortion was just as controversial, stating, "I think it's important that it remains legal because I think it's important for people, for medical reasons and other reasons."