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Gay Families Set To Roll At White House

by Doreen Brandt, 365Gay.com Washington Bureau

April 10, 2006 - 3:00 pm ET

(Washington) Same-sex couples are being encouraged by a national organization that promotes gay marriage to bring their children to this year's White House Easter Egg Roll next Monday.

Family Pride says that more than 200 same-sex households have signed up with the group to attend the annual event where White House staff each year hide Easter Eggs on the grounds of the Executive Mansion for children to find.

Some 16,00o families in total are expected to attend the event. The gay and lesbian headed families will be distinguished by rainbow leis.

Family Pride on its Web site says gay family participation is not a protest.

"This is a celebration of our families," it says. "We want to give our fellow citizens the opportunity to see us as real families, participating in a great American tradition on the White House lawn, rather than protesting from the sidelines."

But the issue has raised the hackles of conservative groups.

When it came up earlier this year at the White House daily news briefing Presidential spokesperson Scott McClellan was non committal when asked by a reporter for a conservative publication if the President would try to prevent gay families from participating in the annual event.

"Well, this event is a time to celebrate Easter and to have a good family celebration here at the White House, he replied.

While the President has been vocal in his support for a federal constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage First Lady Laura Bush has carefully avoided the issue.

The Easter Egg roll has proved no exception. Her press secretary Susan Whitson refused any comment on the gay family participation.

©365Gay.com 2006


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