George W Bush offered to perform a lesbian wedding despite opposing equality
George W Bush reportedly offered to marry a lesbian couple – despite strongly opposing same-sex marriage.
The former Republican President staunchly opposed same-sex marriage during his time in office – even putting the case for a stronger ban in his 2004 State of the Union address, when he claimed: “Our Nation must defend the sanctity of marriage.”
This month reports have emerged that Mr Bush might have forgotten how strongly he fought against gay weddings – by offering to perform one.
The former President made headlines in 2013 when he attended the wedding of Maine couple Bonnie Clement and Helen Thorgalsen – but a profile of the Bushes in the Boston Globe reveals he initially planned to take a bigger role.
The President reportedly “offered to perform the ceremony”, but was forced to take a back seat due to a “scheduling conflict”.
The couple refused to comment to the Washingon Blade, saying: “There’s no story there. There’s nothing to tell. Please just leave me alone.”
Despite Mr Bush publicly maintaining his stance on same-sex marriage, his wife and daughter have backed equality.
However, the former President’s younger brother Jeb Bush – who is himself running for the Republican nomination for his White House bid – has repeatedly stated his opposition.
In a bid to shore up support from conservatives, Jeb Bush appointed an anti-gay activist to his campaign team, and has claimed Christian business owners should be allowed to discriminate against gay couples.