Huh? (Washington) In a bid to recapture the middle ground from Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry, President Bush now says states can provide legal recognition to gay and lesbian couples with civil unions. But, he continues to call for an amendment to the US Constitution to bar gay marriage. "That's up to states," Bush told CNN's Larry King Thursday night. "If they want to provide legal protections for gays, that's great. That's fine. But I do not want to change the definition of marriage. I don't think our country should." When asked about federal benefits for same-sex couples Bush pointed to inheritance taxes which are lower for people who are married Bush said gays should support Republican moves to get rid of inheritance taxes altogether. The president told King that gay couples should work with Congress not depend on 'activist judges'. It is the first time that Bush has said he could support states enacting civil union legislation and the first time he has hinted he might support providing limited rights. Bush's new 'kinder gentler' position comes as polls show the race is razor close, but Kerry with a slight lead.