Former Republican president George W. Bush recently offered to officiate a gay wedding but dropped out because of “scheduling conflicts,” according to reporting from The Boston Globe. (VIDEO: George W. Bush On Jeb Vs. Hillary: ‘I Think He’d Beat Her’)
The Globe’s piece was about how likely Republican presidential contender Jeb Bush is building a new cottage in Kennebunkport, Maine. But buried in the 25th paragraph (and first noticed by HotAir) is this revelation:
Some mornings, Bush drops into H.B. Provisions, a cozy general store owned by Bonnie Clement and her wife, Helen Thorgalsen (George H.W. Bush made international headlines when he attended their wedding in 2013; George W. Bush offered to perform the ceremony but had a scheduling conflict).
This would appear to be a major change in stance for a president who once backed a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage entirely in the United States. “Marriage cannot be severed from its cultural, religious and natural roots without weakening the good influence of society,” Bush said at the time, during the height of the 2004 election.