The former president, along with his wife Barbara, both served as the official witnesses for the marriage of their friends Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen. Same-sex marriage was legalized in Maine in December.
Clement, 60, and Thorgalsen, 55, own a general store in the area of Maine where the Bush matriarch and patriarch live. They’ve been a couple for 12 years and have raised Thorgalsen’s daughters together.
“Getting our marriage license witnessed!”
Via email, Clement told the Washington Post that they were delighted when the Bushes accepted the wedding invitation and asked them “to really personalize it for us.”
This is such a wonderful time for change in our legal system. 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.’
Photos via Washington Post by Susan Biddle, (courtesy of Helen Thorgalsen and Bonnie Clement)