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    NEW YORK (AP) -- Three months before the annual Easter egg roll at the White House, the usually festive event is already taking on a divisive edge because of plans by gay- and lesbian-led families to turn out en masse in hopes of raising their public profile.

    The Family Pride Coalition and other organizers envision the April 17 action as a celebration that will earn good will and showcase their families engaging in the annual tradition.

    "It's important for our families to be seen participating in all aspects of American life," said Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler.

    Yet some conservatives, alerted to the plans this week, accuse gay activists of trying to "crash" an event for children and turn it into a forum for ideological politicking. Some groups are discussing ways to respond.

    "It's improper to use the egg roll for political purposes," said Mark Tooley of the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy. Tooley wrote a critical article this week in the Weekly Standard magazine about the planned event that has circulated widely on conservative Web sites.

    Since the article appeared Tuesday, Chrisler said Family Pride has received "a flood of hate-filled, venomous messages telling us that our families aren't welcome."

    "It's not surprising that the right would be against it," Chrisler said. "They are very clear about wanting to make our families invisible."

    The issue was raised at a White House news briefing Wednesday when spokesman Scott McClellan was asked if President Bush would seek to prevent the gay families' action.

    "This event is a time to celebrate Easter and to have a good family celebration here at the White House," McClellan replied. "In terms of any other details about it, I think it's still a few months off, so we'll talk about it as we get closer."

    On conservative chat rooms, some critics of Family Pride suggested the White House could make the egg roll an invitation-only event, as it did in 2003 when attendance was limited to military families. Other critics said conservatives should mobilize to outnumber gay families at the egg roll.

    Susan Whitson, press secretary to first lady Laura Bush, indicated the White House was unlikely to restrict admission to the egg roll.

    "All families are really welcome to attend," she told The Associated Press on Friday, provided they comply with rules that each family group have no more than two adults and include at least one child under 8.

    Chrisler, who raises twin boys with a spouse she married in Massachusetts in 2004, intends to bring her family to the egg roll. She said organizers were intent on proceeding despite any criticism, but that plans might change if, closer to Easter, confrontations seemed possible.

    "I'm a parent first -- I would never want to put my child, or anyone else's child, in harm's way," she said. "If we get any intelligence about that happening, we'll make a decision."

    Family Pride has been recruiting participants for several months. Chrisler said more than 100 families had signed up thus far and hopes at least 400 eventually enlist.

    "Religious and political extremists who oppose our equality have targeted our planned participation in this event, saying we have no right to 'crash' the White House Egg Roll," Chrisler wrote to supporters Thursday.

    "That's not our goal," she said. "We simply want our children and our families to be able to fully participate in an event generations of children have enjoyed."

    Free tickets to the egg roll will be distributed first-come, first-served starting at 7:30 a.m. on April 15 -- two days before the event. Family Pride has urged its supporters to be in line the night before so their families can be among the first on the White House lawn.

    To ensure visibility for the action, Family Pride will issue T-shirts to participants, bearing a "nonpolitical message" that would identify them as gay and lesbian families. Chrisler said the T-shirt theme would be "Love makes a family."

    Co-sponsors of the effort include Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, and Soulforce, a national interfaith group.

    The egg roll, in which children use spoons to push dyed eggs through the grass in a race, has been a Washington tradition since the mid-19th century. Last year, 16,000 tickets were issued.

    I see, the egg role is open only to those with the RIGHT kind of children. What asswipes.
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    Let me make this less subtle for the slower members of our studio audience:

    NEW YORK (AP) -- Three months before the annual Easter egg roll at the White House, the usually festive event is already taking on a divisive edge because of plans by black- and jewish-led families to turn out en masse in hopes of raising their public profile.

    The Family Pride Coalition and other organizers envision the April 17 action as a celebration that will earn good will and showcase their families engaging in the annual tradition.

    "It's important for our families to be seen participating in all aspects of American life," said Family Pride executive director Jennifer Chrisler.

    Yet some conservatives, alerted to the plans this week, accuse black and jewish activists of trying to "crash" an event for children and turn it into a forum for ideological politicking. Some groups are discussing ways to respond.

    "It's improper to use the egg roll for political purposes," said Mark Tooley of the conservative Institute on Religion and Democracy. Tooley wrote a critical article this week in the Weekly Standard magazine about the planned event that has circulated widely on conservative Web sites.

    Since the article appeared Tuesday, Chrisler said Family Pride has received "a flood of hate-filled, venomous messages telling us that our families aren't welcome."

    "It's not surprising that the right would be against it," Chrisler said. "They are very clear about wanting to make our families invisible."

    The issue was raised at a White House news briefing Wednesday when spokesman Scott McClellan was asked if President Bush would seek to prevent the black and jewish families' action.

    "This event is a time to celebrate Easter and to have a good family celebration here at the White House," McClellan replied. "In terms of any other details about it, I think it's still a few months off, so we'll talk about it as we get closer."

    On conservative chat rooms, some critics of Family Pride suggested the White House could make the egg roll an invitation-only event, as it did in 2003 when attendance was limited to military families. Other critics said conservatives should mobilize to outnumber black and jewish families at the egg roll.

    Susan Whitson, press secretary to first lady Laura Bush, indicated the White House was unlikely to restrict admission to the egg roll.

    "All families are really welcome to attend," she told The Associated Press on Friday, provided they comply with rules that each family group have no more than two adults and include at least one child under 8.

    Chrisler, who raises twin boys with a spouse she married in Massachusetts in 2004, intends to bring her family to the egg roll. She said organizers were intent on proceeding despite any criticism, but that plans might change if, closer to Easter, confrontations seemed possible.

    "I'm a parent first -- I would never want to put my child, or anyone else's child, in harm's way," she said. "If we get any intelligence about that happening, we'll make a decision."

    Family Pride has been recruiting participants for several months. Chrisler said more than 100 families had signed up thus far and hopes at least 400 eventually enlist.

    "Religious and political extremists who oppose our equality have targeted our planned participation in this event, saying we have no right to 'crash' the White House Egg Roll," Chrisler wrote to supporters Thursday.

    "That's not our goal," she said. "We simply want our children and our families to be able to fully participate in an event generations of children have enjoyed."

    Free tickets to the egg roll will be distributed first-come, first-served starting at 7:30 a.m. on April 15 -- two days before the event. Family Pride has urged its supporters to be in line the night before so their families can be among the first on the White House lawn.

    To ensure visibility for the action, Family Pride will issue T-shirts to participants, bearing a "nonpolitical message" that would identify them as black and jewish families. Chrisler said the T-shirt theme would be "Love makes a family."

    Co-sponsors of the effort include Parents and Friends of blacks and jews and Soulforce, a national interfaith group.

    The egg roll, in which children use spoons to push dyed eggs through the grass in a race, has been a Washington tradition since the mid-19th century. Last year, 16,000 tickets were issued.
    There. Doesn't seem so fucking right NOW, does it.

    FUCK YOU CHRISTIANS. You have no right to call yourselves anything *near* christ-like.

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    Default Re: Gay families to attend annual White House egg roll; righties not happy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mushy
    Why don't they just go as normal families who want their children to participate in the egg rolling, instead of making a spectacle? I would think that would be more effective.
    What is a "normal family" exactly? Do you not see that the conservatives and religous nutjobs are the ones that are making this a big deal by sedning hate mail to the Family Pride Coalition?

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    No, it's NEVER the kind conservatives.. they're so open and nice!

    *vomit*

    Fucking christians..
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    Default Re: Gay families to attend annual White House egg roll; righties not happy

    I still want to know what a normal family is. Being bi-sexual, I would never ever know the true meaning of family or love or the sin of my heathen ways.

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    Normal, is white, christian (or at least faking it well enough by spewing hate and selfishness) with 2.3 kids, in debt up to the fucking eyeballs, the husband banging his secretary, the wife a drunken homemaker, and yet all the while being aghast at the 'immorality' of a happy homosexual couple trying to raise a kid as best they can.

    What a scary concept for those poor, moral christians!
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    There's nothing remotely Christian about people who have to shout it from the rooftops to convince themselves that they're REALLY, REALLY, REALLY going to heaven. As if.

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    And puke venom on those who are different, as if that's a way to get a supposedly all compassionate deity to look favorably upon them.

    Morons.
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    My aunt calls them Bible bastards. She's right.

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    I call them the objects of my hatred.
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    Default Re: Gay families to attend annual White House egg roll; righties not happy

    Quote Originally Posted by Mushy
    Why don't they just go as normal families who want their children to participate in the egg rolling, instead of making a spectacle? I would think that would be more effective.
    I also have a bit of problem with this concept of normal families. What defines and who gets to define (or rather who has the authority to define) what a normal family is?
    I don't think gays and lesbians are ABNORMAL just because of their sexual orientation and nor should Black, Jewish, Asian or Latinos be labelled abnormal because of their race.

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    Default Re: Gay families to attend annual White House egg roll; Righties not happy

    Normal families my ass. There is no such thing. And since the current administration makes such a big deal of DENYING gay and lesbian families certain rights that are readily available to thier straight counterparts, I see nothing wrong with them going to the White House and making a statement of sorts. the Bushies have pretty much declared war on the gay and lesbians communities, so all's fair....
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    I think that was the idea, but the christian wingnuts decided to freak out
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    Default Re: Gay families to attend annual White House egg roll; Righties not happy

    I don't even know how anyone would be able to single out the gay families. It could just be a mother and her friend, or a guy and his brother in law. There are sooooo many people at the egg-roll anyway, I doubt they would notice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mushy
    Fuck 'em.
    Yes. Fuck them in their stupid ears.
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