Lesbian, gay families to celebrate Easter on White House lawn

Parents plan to wear rainbow-colored Hawaiian leis to traditional egg roll.

By Katharine Mieszkowski
April 14, 2006 9:04PM (UTC)
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About 100 gay and lesbian families plan to attend the White House Easter Egg Roll on Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. While politicians are debating gay marriage and adoption, advocates say it's an important time for gay and lesbian parents to increase their visibility, seizing a bit of the spotlight at an annual event that receives oodles of wholesome press coverage. "We really feel it's important for the American public to meet our children, to meet our families in every possible way," Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Pride Coalition told the Chronicle. "There are millions of children being raised by gay and lesbian parents in every part of this country, and this is a good way for us to highlight those families."

Conservative critics say it's an unfortunate politicization of the egg roll, with some dubbing the effort "Brokeback Bunny." Yet, the White House says all families are welcome to attend, including those wearing rainbow-colored Hawaiian leis as a sign of pride. Even the Christian Coalition said it has no objection to the kids of gay and lesbian parents participating in the day's activities, which include an egg hunt, egg rolling, face painting and a bunny trail obstacle course.


Tourists sightseeing outside the White House this week told the Chronicle that they didn't understand what the fuss was about. "Why is that controversial?" asked Lois Kutchera, a preschool teacher from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., visiting with her husband and two children. "It seems to me that these are families, and they are entitled to be there just like any other family."

Apparently, the Easter Bunny has no interest in the Defense of Marriage Act.

Katharine Mieszkowski

Katharine Mieszkowski is a senior writer for Salon.

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