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5 years 32 weeks ago, 2:03 PM

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White House invites gay families to Easter event

AP – President Barack Obama will return to White House in Washington after his European trip, with tulips …
The White House is allocating tickets for the upcoming Easter Egg Roll to gay and lesbian families as part of the Obama administration's outreach to diverse communities.

Families say the gesture shows that the new Democratic administration values them as equal to other families. And for many, being included in the annual tradition — dating to 1878 — renews hope that they will have more support in their quest for equal rights in matters such as marriage and adoption than under the previous administration.

On Tuesday, gays and lesbians gained another victory when Vermont joined Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa in giving gay couples the right to marry. In the District of Columbia, the council voted to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.

White House officials said that tickets for Monday's Easter Egg Roll event were distributed to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations, but did not specify how many or to which ones. Representatives from Family Equality Council, Human Rights Campaign, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and other groups confirmed they were invited and encouraged to have their members participate.

"The Obama administration actually reached out to us as an organization, and said we want gay families there, and they are an important part of the American family fabric," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Boston-based Family Equality Council, which is helping spearhead the effort to organize families to attend.

Chrisler said Tuesday she expects more than 100 gay and lesbian-headed families to take part in the egg roll.

Overall, officials are gearing up for a bigger turnout than ever before, with families arriving from 45 states and the District of Columbia, said Semonti Mustaphi, deputy press secretary to Mrs. Obama. The majority of egg roll tickets were offered to the public online.

Alan Bernstein, a single gay father, is flying to Washington from West Hollywood, Calif., with his 5-year-old son Issac to participate. His 3-year-old twin daughters will stay with their grandparents. It will be Bernstein and his son's first time at the egg roll.

"I don't think to a 5-year-old it's that extraordinary, but to me it is," said the 43-year-old planning commissioner, calling the invitation an honor.

It's not the first time gay and lesbian-headed families will participate.

In 2006 during the Bush administration, more than 100 gay families attended the egg roll in part to make the statement that they should be welcome. Some conservatives accused gays and lesbians of trying to "crash" the event and turn it into forum for ideological politicking.

This year already feels different, said Colleen Gillespie of Brooklyn, who helped spark the 2006 effort.

"We feel so welcomed and embraced, and that in a very real way, I think we can just go as a family and enjoy it," said the 42-year-old assistant professor at New York University's school of medicine, who is attending with her wife and their daughters, Ella and Zelda. "We don't have to fight for our right to exist and be treated fairly."

Leah McElrath Renna, managing partner at a D.C. communications firm, agreed. She attended the event in 2006 and 2007 with her partner Cathy McElrath Renna and their now 3-year-old daughter, Rosemary.

"Under Bush, it felt a bit like we were crashing our own party. But this year it feels like we're equally honored guests," Leah McElrath Renna, 44, said. "It's more celebratory."

Rosemary is particularly excited to see the Easter Bunny again and already has planned her outfit: A yellow polka-dotted dress and a new straw hat with a pink band.

"I'm looking forward to seeing the joy on my daughter's face when she sees the Easter Bunny," she said. "And seeing the White House in the background

5 years 32 weeks ago, 2:08 PM

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to feel like I moved to France last January

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 3:33 PM

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obama and gays

if he doesnt invite the homos to the easter orgy, then whos gonna vote for him next election? cuz most of the dumb fucks who voted for him learned.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 3:36 PM

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you said so perfect I cant even say anything Are we shure we not in France

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 3:37 PM

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im sure we aint in france, the body odor stench isnt as bad yet

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 3:47 PM

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damnb right at least from what I remember I was there 21 years ago.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 3:51 PM

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I could care less about this. Christians are freaks any how, all religious crap pisses me off. How can people believe in that shit?

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 3:57 PM

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people do believe, some are even gun toting like my wife. she see the reason for it (who knows) I just respect it.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 7:45 PM

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Gunnin... I believe and am proud of it.

5 years 32 weeks ago, 4:00 PM

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You go Gunnin88

I will have to ask you to define religious crap. To satisfy my curiosity...after all, I am a freak!!

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 4:00 PM

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I've been meaning to ask you where the badge from on your profile pic?

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 4:04 PM

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Anyone who believes God built the earth. I could go on and on, but we know were that kinda shit will lead in an open forum.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 4:06 PM

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i found that pic somewhere while surfing the web, upclose the badge says fugitive recovery agent and thats a glock 21sf.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 4:09 PM

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I have an Arizona Territory deputy US marshal badge.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 8:16 PM

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Don't disparage others in their religious belief's ! Silence, with thumb in mouth is more intelligent.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 3:42 PM

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Not the type to keep my mouth shut. While your right about it. it's not the way I operate.

religion is the root of every problem that faces this world today. Every bible thumper out there thinks their religion is right, which IMHO proves just how stupid they are.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 5:21 PM

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I would rather have 1000000 bible thumpers than 1 suicidal Muslim around me and mine. There is a difference between extreme christian and extreme Muslim.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 8:14 AM

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Yes, extreme Christians only blow up abortion clinics and the Oklahoma City Federal Building, and only hung African Americans from Trees for a hundred years, (KKK and others). There are extremists of all faiths who do terrible things. We need to be careful not to condemn every member of a certain faith just because of some extremest nut jobs. In every group, there are some crazies. I would venture to say that I know a few gun freedom advocates that scare me as much as radical Muslims. Future mass murderers of America definitely a possibility. The kind of guys who demonstrate their shotgun by taking out the aquarium and the wall behind it in their living room, or who enjoy a Saturday afternoon lobbing live grenades in the woods. No shit, I really knew such a dude.

Anyway, plenty of wackos out there.

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5 years 32 weeks ago, 12:05 AM

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for anyone with a brain. There are those who need to be told how to live, so religion has a purpose out there. I agree with Gunnin. How many people have been slaughtered in the name of religion, how many families torn apart by what some "holy" man says? While a personal relationship with God is a good thing to have, religion made by man is crap.

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