Looks like another small but encouraging step has been made by a Republican showing support of marriage equality: Former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara attended the wedding last weekend of two female friends Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen in Maine. Furthermore, Bush was an official witness, having signed the couple's marriage license! Very nice.
Although Bush spokesman Jim McGrath made a point to state that the former president and his wife attended the affair as private citizens, tongues are now clucking that this was the elder Bush's attempt to make a quiet statement that he supports same-sex marriage.
Hmm, it's quite possible ... After all, he wouldn't be a lone wolf in the Bush brood! And it would have been a long time coming! After all, we've known for a while now that George W. Bush's wife, Laura Bush, their daughter Barbara Bush, and George W. Bush's former vice president, Dick Cheney (whose daughter, Mary Cheney, is openly gay), are all publicly supportive of same-sex marriage.
While H.W.'s spokesman's statement is a bit disconcerting -- because why do they have to be so "private" about their true feelings here? -- I still feel like we could see the 89-year-old's presence at the happy occasion as a good sign. The 41st president may not be giving speeches at gay pride parade a la Lady Gaga, but his attendance at this wedding is still small but significant proof that representatives from both sides of the aisle are coming together on marriage equality. Cheers to that!
Do you think #41 supports same-sex marriage? Do you think it matters?
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