Bush and wife Barbara attended last weekend's nuptials of Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, an American commercial broadcast television and radio network reported citing a spokesperson for the former president. The newlyweds posted on Twitter a photo of Bush signing their marriage licence as a witness.

Thorgalsen and Clement own a store in Kennebunk, Maine, near the Bush family's compound.

While gay marriage was not a political issue during GHW Bush's 1989-1993 administration, son George W Bush expressed opposition to same-sex unions during his eight years in the White House.

In 2004, George W Bush endorsed the idea of a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, even though his Vice President, Dick Cheney, is the father of an openly lesbian daughter and a supporter of the right of gays and lesbians to wed.

The younger Bush's wife, Laura Bush, has spoken in favour of same-sex unions.


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