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George HW Bush witness at gay wedding.....

Posted by on Sep. 26, 2013 at 8:30 AM
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I didn't like his politics, but I do like the man personally.


George H.W. Bush serves as witness at same-sex wedding


 

Susan Biddle / AP

Former President George H.W. Bush prepares to sign the marriage license of longtime friends Helen Thorgalsen, right, and Bonnie Clement, left, in Kennebunkport, Maine, as officiant Nancy Sosa, third right, and Helen's daughter Lindsey, rear, look on.

KENNEBUNK, Maine -- Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said.

Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony joining Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen as private citizens and friends on Saturday, said spokesman Jim McGrath.

Thorgalsen posted a photo on her Facebook page showing Bush signing the marriage license as a witness. She captioned the photo: "Getting our marriage license witnessed!"

Susan Biddle / AP

Former President George H.W. Bush and wife Barbara Bush, right, pose for photos after the wedding of longtime friends Helen Thorgalsen, center, and Bonnie Clement, in Kennebunkport, Maine, on Saturday.

In the photo, Bush is seated in a wheelchair, a stack of papers on his lap and his left hand poised with a pen. One bright red sock and one bright blue one peek out below the cuffs of his blue slacks.

The 41st president has deep ties to the area and owns a compound in Kennebunkport, a small coastal town. Thorgalsen and Clement own a general store in neighboring Kennebunk. They were honeymooning overseas and didn't immediately respond to an email seeking comment Wednesday.

Gay marriage became legal in Maine in December.

Bush was in the White House when gay marriage wasn't as big a political issue as it is today. One of his sons, former President George W. Bush, opposed same-sex marriage and in 2004 announced his support for a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw it. But his wife, Laura Bush, and their daughter Barbara Bush support gay marriage, as does his former vice president, Dick Cheney, whose daughter Mary Cheney is openly gay.

"For the record...I love my sister but she is dead wrong on gay marriage," said Mary Cheney, a lesbian who married her longtime partner last year. The comments came after her sister, Wyoming Senate candidate Liz Cheney, said she was "not pro-gay marriage." NBC's Luke Russert reports.

A spokesman for George W. Bush on Wednesday declined to comment on his current feelings about same-sex marriage or his thoughts about his father's role in a same-sex wedding.

In July, George W. Bush made headlines when he said he wouldn't comment on the issue, saying he "shouldn't be taking a speck out of someone else's eye when I have a log in my own." He later explained that he just wasn't going to answer the question because he was out of politics.

His brother Jeb Bush, a former governor of Florida and a potential presidential candidate, has said same-sex marriage is an issue best left to the states to decide. In a speech in June, he told the Faith & Freedom Coalition the nation needs to be supportive of non-traditional families.

The Associated Press

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TrouserMouse
by on Sep. 26, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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I like him. He sure makes fucked up spawn though.
-Celestial-
by Pepperlynn on Sep. 26, 2013 at 8:32 AM
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Awesome. Marriage shouldn't be political.
cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Sep. 26, 2013 at 8:33 AM


Quoting -Celestial-:

Awesome. Marriage shouldn't be political.

No, it shouldn't. 

codfish
by Bronze Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 9:18 AM
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I love that he was there to support his friends. Every family has issues they don't agree on. It isn't a surprise that he and all of his kids don't agree on gay marriage.
Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Sep. 26, 2013 at 10:02 AM

 Awesome :)

supercarp
by Silver Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

Pretty soon this will stop being news when it gets to be commonplace; and that's a good thing.

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM

:)

denise3680
by Gold Member on Sep. 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM
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Quoting supercarp:

Pretty soon this will stop being news when it gets to be commonplace; and that's a good thing.


I totally agree.  It should never have been an issue in the first place. 

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Sep. 26, 2013 at 12:58 PM

<3

lga1965
by on Sep. 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM

 Awww, that's nice! I like him.

I agree that it should never be an issue. It is just the right thing to do when people are in love.

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