April 25, 2018
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Former President George H.W. Bush witness for same-sex wedding in Kennebunk

Former President George H.W. Bush
By Brendan O'Brien, Reuters

Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara, were the official witnesses of a same-sex marriage between two women in Maine over the weekend, a spokesman said on Wednesday.

The former first couple witnessed the private ceremony on Saturday in Kennebunk between Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, according to Jim McGrath, a Bush spokesman.

Clement posted a photograph on her Facebook page of President Bush signing a piece of paper as the couple, close friends of the Bushes, watched and held champagne glasses.

The couple owns H.B. Provisions, a general store in Kennebunk. The former president owns a compound in Kennebunkport, about 4 miles east of Kennebunk.

Maine is one of 13 states that allow gay marriage.

Same-sex marriage is opposed by most Republicans. A Gallup poll in July found 66 percent of Republicans were against making same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus reiterated in July the party’s stand that marriage was between one man and one woman.


Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly said former President George W. Bush has voiced support for gay marriage.

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