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Homosexuals To Take Over WH Easter Egg Roll

More joyous news of the season.

From the NYT owned Boston Globe:

Gay parents line up for Easter Egg Roll

Seek a presence at D.C. event

By Petula Dvorak, Washington Post | April 13, 2006

WASHINGTON — The White House Easter Egg Roll, with its poufy, pastel dresses, cute little-boy suits, and squealing children chasing eggs, will take a turn for the political this year.

Hundreds of gay and lesbian parents, some from across the country, plan to line up overnight tonight to get tickets to the 128-year-old Washington ritual Monday, to blanket the White House lawn with a realistic mosaic of their families.

”I don’t think this is a protest. Showing up, participating fully in an American tradition, showing Americans that we do exist, that in our minds isn’t a protest," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of Family Pride Coalition, an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender parents based in Washington.

Critics have denounced the parents for politicizing such an iconic American event.

”I think it’s inappropriate to use a children’s event to make a political statement," said Mark Tooley, who directs the United Methodist committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy. He wrote a column earlier this year in the Weekly Standard saying gay civil rights groups were making ”covert plans to crash the annual White House Easter egg roll."

Other critics have dubbed this year’s Easter mobilization ”Brokeback Bunny" in online message boards, a reference to ”Brokeback Mountain," the Oscar-winning movie about two gay sheepherders.

The National Park Service laid out the rules yesterday. The Easter tradition is open to the public, and tickets are dispensed on a first-come, first-served basis. The tickets are for children 7 and younger and for no more than two adults to accompany each child.

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