Former President George H.W. Bush witness for same-sex wedding in Kennebunk

By Brendan O'Brien, Reuters
Posted Sept. 25, 2013, at 10:14 p.m.

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. printed on April 23, 2014