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Former President George H.W. Bush serves as witness at same-sex wedding in Maine

Posted by David Zimmerman  September 26, 2013 09:11 AM

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(Courtesy of Helen Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement)


Since marriage equality became the law in Maine many gay and lesbian couples have tied the knot in the ‘Pine Tree State.’ Only one of these couples has had a former U.S. President serve as a witness at their wedding. Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, co-owners of a Kennebunk general store in Kennebunk, Maine, also happen to be longtime friends of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara.

According to Clement the newly married couple has known the Bush’s for years. In an email from London (where the couple is on their honeymoon), she said this was a “monumental this time is in our lives.” She went on to say “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.’”

As for a statement from the former President, his representative Jim McGrath stated,
“They were private citizens attending a private ceremony for two friends.”

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