The Obama administration has invited gay families to participate in this year’s annual White House Easter Egg Roll, a holiday tradition which began in the 1870’s.
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. 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.
You might recall that in 2006 about 100 gay families attended the event in a show of visibility. Wingnuts screamed that homos had “crashed” the party and ruined it for everybody.