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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Parents to attend WH Easter Egg hunt............GAY parents

Honey, rainbow good, white collar and black shirt

Gay, lesbian parents to line up for Easter Egg Roll tickets

Thursday, April 13, 2006; Posted: 1:18 p.m. EDT (17:18 GMT)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hundreds of gay and lesbian parents hoping to take their families to the annual White House Easter Egg Roll plan to start lining up Friday evening to make sure they get tickets for the Monday event.

Thousands of tickets -- an estimated 16,000 last year -- are given away on a first-come-first-come basis beginning at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

National Park Service officials said Wednesday that children of all ages may attend as long as there is at least one child 7 years old or younger, and no more than two adults per group.

First lady Laura Bush's office issued a statement saying all families are welcome to attend.

"I don't think this is a protest," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director of the Family Pride Coalition. "Showing up, participating fully in an American tradition, showing Americans that we do exist, that in our minds isn't a protest."

Some say the gay and lesbian parents are playing politics.

"I think it's inappropriate to use a children's event to make a political statement," said Mark D. Tooley, of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

I think it's inappropriate to vilify Americans for what they do in the privacy of their own home and deny them the right to parenthood.

But then, I'm not an asshole.

posted by Steve @ 7:34:00 PM

7:34:00 PM

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