George H.W. Bush Quietly Endorses (At Least One) Same-Sex Marriage

At a wedding this past weekend, former president George H.W. Bush was a witness at a same-sex marriage in Maine. 

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At a wedding this past weekend, former president George H.W. Bush was a witness at a same-sex marriage in Maine. There's even photographic evidence, complete with the elder Bush's amazing socks: the couple, Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, posted a photo of the elder Bush, signing the paperwork, to Facebook this week:

As The Washington Post notes, Bush's office confirmed the president's participation, but made it clear that Bush's participation in the wedding wasn't a political statement: “They were private citizens attending a private ceremony for two friends," spokesperson Jim McGrath said. George W. Bush, earlier this year, said that he "shouldn't be taking a speck out of someone else's eye when I have a log in my own," in response to a question about the conflict between Christian values and gay marriage, while H.W.'s granddaughter Barbara has openly supported gay marriage.

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