During his tenure as President, George H. Bush never stood for any legislation that backed gay marriage. Maybe he’s having a change of heart in his old age.
The former President recently served as a witness in the marriage between two women in Maine. Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen are said to be longtime friends of the President and his family had a ceremony in Kennebunkport Maine.
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!”
In the picture, Bush is seated in a wheelchair wearing one red sock and one blue one with a stack of papers.
Thorgalsen and Clement own a general store in neighboring Kennebunk. They were honeymooning overseas and didn’t immediately respond to an em ail seeking comment Wednesday.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Maine in December.
His son, former President George W. Bush, opposed same-sex marriage and in 2004 announced his support for a proposed constitutional amendment to outlaw it.
While the boys seem to be against it for political reasons, their women in the family seem to see things different.
Laura Bush, and their daughter Barbara Bush support gay marriage, as does his former vice president. In a stranger note, former vice president is a supporter as well Dick Cheney largely due to the fact that daughter Mary Cheney is openly gay.
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.
This past 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.