George Bush Sr is an official witness at same-sex wedding

26/09/2013 20:07

The former president, whose family has taken varying positions on gay marriage, took part in ceremony for two friends in Maine.
Former US president George Bush Sr was an official witness at the same-sex wedding of two longtime friends, his spokesman said Wednesday.
Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, attended the ceremony for Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen as private citizens and friends on Saturday, spokesman Jim McGrath said.
Thorgalsen posted a photo on her Facebook page showing Bush signing the marriage licence as a witness. She captioned the photo: "Getting our marriage license witnessed!"
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 neighbouring Kennebunk. They were on honeymoon overseas and did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment on Wednesday.
Gay marriage became legal in Maine in December.