Former President George H.W. Bush witnesses same-sex marriage
September 25th, 2013
11:41 PM ET
10 months ago

Former President George H.W. Bush witnesses same-sex marriage

(CNN) - George H.W. Bush was an official witness to a same-sex marriage this past weekend in Maine, a spokesman for the former president told CNN.

Bush and his wife attended the wedding of two friends, Helen Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement, as private citizens, said spokesman Jim McGrath.

"He signed the marriage license after an impromptu request from the couple," McGrath said.

The news of the witnessing became public after one of the brides posted a picture Sunday on Facebook showing the former president signing the document.

"Getting our marriage license witnessed!" wrote Thorgalsen to accompany the photograph.

Same-sex marriage became legal in Maine last year.


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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. John

    Commence the "RINO" attacks by the Tealiban

    September 25, 2013 11:49 pm at 11:49 pm |
  2. David

    Good call, H.W. As a Democrat (and a History major), I have always respected your stance on fighting for what you believe, rather than what your party affiliation tells you, too. There are some honorable higher-ups in the Republican party, after all.

    September 25, 2013 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  3. Fully

    Good for you, George H.W. Bush!

    September 26, 2013 12:15 am at 12:15 am |
  4. speltomqt

    Well done, Mr. President!

    September 26, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  5. Fiona

    Good for him!

    September 26, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  6. Marc

    I am proud of him.

    September 26, 2013 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  7. opinionated

    They told him he was still president and that they needed his signature for big oil tax breaks

    September 26, 2013 01:09 am at 1:09 am |
  8. cccynic

    So what is your point? Because Bush 1 went to a backwoods Maine wedding the whole world should turn Homosexual.

    September 26, 2013 01:16 am at 1:16 am |
  9. Joe Plumber

    And the walls – come tumblin' down.

    September 26, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  10. Mike

    Well give him a frigging medal or something made of plastic. Now is the time for this fine couple to have a bunch of babies...

    September 26, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  11. justin

    I think i think its sad that a man Who says he is a christian would go Against what he stands for to please two people whm dnt care anything about jesUs. But the world doesnt care about anythhing but who they offend and who they please. It isnt about the lord anymore.

    September 26, 2013 03:33 am at 3:33 am |
  12. Dougq

    I'm happy G.W was in there, I just wonder how his grand daughter felt since they refused to attend her wedding... Pitiful !

    September 26, 2013 03:38 am at 3:38 am |
  13. Steve Rougeau

    How sweet. Can't the media focus on putting traditional marriages on solid footing so we can raise children who don't commit heinous acts that we hear about on daily basis.. What a legacy, Mr Bush..

    September 26, 2013 03:57 am at 3:57 am |
  14. Aiolus

    Good. Maybe people will look at this and a crack will appear in their "looking glass".

    September 26, 2013 04:08 am at 4:08 am |
  15. Churn O'bill

    Eh, why not? No more need to play to the religious for tallies.

    September 26, 2013 05:01 am at 5:01 am |
  16. Rick Patel

    GHW Bush, always quick to betray his constituents, has now lapsed into drooling dotage.

    September 26, 2013 06:58 am at 6:58 am |