Next Monday, some 200 gay families are planning to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll to showcase themselves to the nation and President George W. Bush. But some religious conservatives say the families are "crashing" the public event and exploiting children for political ends.
That's true I guess, but is exploitation always bad? The First Lady, who serves as hostess of the event, has taken a neutral position.
All families are welcome to attend the Easter Egg Roll, provided they comply with the rules," Susan Whitson, Laura Bush's press secretary, said Friday. "No more than two adults per group, and at least one child under the age of 8."
Whitson would not answer questions about how the first lady felt personally about the attendance of the large group of gay families, who say they will wear rainbow leis to distinguish themselves. But in the past the first lady has readily responded to queries about whether she and the president have gay friends.
"Sure, of course, everyone does," she said in an interview in 2004.
Yeah, right, just like everyone has a friend who's an illegal alien. I don't know if this is going to be a tempest in a brightly colored egg shell or not, but my guess is that certain organizations are busy editing their fundraising letters as we speak.