Monday, May 25, 2015

Did Jebbie Bush's Brother Offer to Officiate a Gay Wedding?

Jeb Bush's idiot brother George W. Bush seemingly keeps creating new issues that could hobble Jebbie's presidential effort.  Besides the ghost of the lie and deception based Iraq War, now it seems that Dubya may have offered to officiate at a gay wedding ceremony - something that will certainly not resonate well with the Christofascist base of today's Republican Party.  One can almost hear the shrieks from the "godly folk" at FRC and similar hate groups.  The Washington Blade looks at the story.  Here are highlights:

Despite his reputation for being an ardent opponent of LGBT rights and supporter of a U.S. constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage, former President George W. Bush sought to officiate over a lesbian wedding in 2013, according to a recent report in the Boston Globe.

The article, published on Saturday, is on a newly constructed $1.4 million home intended for likely Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush at the Bush family compound on Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport, Maine. The construction of the home was initiated by Jeb Bush’s father, former President George H.W. Bush, and mother, former first lady Barbara Bush.

Embedded in the article is a paragraph on how when visiting Kennebunkport, Jeb Bush sometimes patrons H.B. Provisions, a general store owned by lesbian couple Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen, who married in 2013.

As was widely reported before, the Boston Globe notes that former President George H.W. Bush made headlines when he attended their wedding in 2013. According to reports at the time, George H.W. Bush served as a witness at the wedding.

But the article also reports something that has previously been undisclosed in the media: former President George W. Bush “offered to perform the ceremony but had a scheduling conflict.”
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).
It remains to be seen whether George W. Bush’s reported willingness to officiate over a same-sex wedding will impact the potential presidential campaign of Jeb Bush.

Last week, the likely 2016 candidate said ahead of a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling there’s no constitutional right to same-sex marriage. Additionally, Jeb Bush said support for “traditional marriage” — code for social conservatives to mean opposition to same-sex marriage — is a “core American value” and important to ensure children born in poverty have a chance to succeed. A spokesperson for Jeb Bush couldn’t be reached for comment in time for this posting.

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