Former President George H.W. Bush was an official witness at a same-sex marriage this past weekend, and it was no publicity stunt. According to the Washington Post on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, the former President sat in his wheelchair and signed as the witness for the same-sex marriage of two longtime friends.
Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the Maine ceremony that joined Helen Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement as private citizens and friends this past Saturday. Thorgalsen added the photo to her Facebook page that showed Bush signing their marriage license as a witness and captioned it:
"Getting our marriage license witnessed."
Bush is seated in a wheelchair and surrounded by friends. He has a stack of papers on his lap while signing with a pen in his left hand. he also has a bright red sock and a bright blue sock sticking out below the cuffs of his slacks.
Gay marriage became legal in Maine back in Dec. of 2012.
The 41st president's representative, Jim McGrath, the presence of Bush and his wife at the ceremony in Kennebunkport. McGrath stated, "They were private citizens attending a private ceremony for two friends."
Clement did respond to an email as the couple is on their honeymoon in London and said they were so happy that the Bush couple accepted their wedding invitation.
“This is such a wonderful time for change in our legal system,” she added. “Who would be best to help us acknowledge the importance of our wedding as our friends and as the former leader of the free world. When they agreed to do so we just felt that it was the next acknowledgment of being ‘real and normal.’” Clement, 60, said she and Thorgalsen, 55, have been together for 12 years, during which she helped raise hew new wife’s now-adult daughters.