According to ABC News, Mrs. Bush told CNN's Larry King, "I understand totally what George thinks and what other people think about marriage being between a man and a woman. And it's a real, you know, reversal really for [them] to accept gay marriage," she said.
When asked if she could accept gay marriage, the first lady told King, "I think we could, yeah." "You think [legalization of same-sex marriage] is coming?" asked King.
"Yeah, that will come, I think," she replied.
Laura Bush called gay marriage the "social issue" of her husband's second campaign in 2004. In February of that year, weeks after a Massachusetts court ruled same-sex couples could marry in that state, her husband endorsed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage.
In her new book the former librarian with bad taste in men writes:
“In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage. 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.”If only she'd had a spine ten years ago.