Former first lady Laura Bush urged her husband not to make the freedom to marry an issue in 2004

As reported by Ann Gerhart for The Washington Post:

"On marriage equality, she [Mrs. Bush] writes that before the beginning of the 2004 presidential campaign, 'I had talked to George about not making the freedom to marry 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.'

"It led, of course, to a divisiveness which persists in American politics. In her memoir, Bush does not dwell on that. Instead, she writes with dismay of Sen. John Kerry answering a presidential debate question about the subject by mentioning that Vice President Cheney's daughter, Mary, is a lesbian. 'Beside me, Jenna and Barbara gasped. They were utterly stunned that a candidate would use an opponent's child in a debate.'"

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