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Thursday, April 06, 2006

Easter Egg Roll open to gays

Well, I'll be darned.

Laura Bush has said that she thinks all - and she means all - families should be welcome to the annual White House Easter egg roll.

If she absolutely had to pick her very favorite part of her new Easter outfit, Ella Surkis Gillespie would point to the purple ribbons on her yellow dress.

For the 3-year-old, Easter can't come fast enough. She is hoping to be among the lucky youngsters in the annual White House Easter egg roll.

And, thanks to some pretty impressive advance planning by her two mommies, Colleen Gillespie and Alisa Surkis of Brooklyn, N.Y., Ella won't be the only child with gay parents who'll be scooting a colorful egg with a spoon on the White House lawn.

"As a parent, you want everything for your child," says Colleen Gillespie. "We want this event to tell our daughter that she is as welcome on the White House lawn as any other kid in the world."

It turns out, First Lady Laura Bush agrees.

"Mrs. Bush is the overseer of the event, and all families are welcome to attend," her spokesman Peter Watkins told me when asked about the hundreds of gay families who hope to roll eggs April 17.

I've had disagreements about this before, but I'm still really glad that gay families who have pushed for this, even if it does politicize an event that's family/children oriented. I guess I really believe that things around us - things we say and do - are more political than we can even imagine. So I can reconcile the politicized and not politicized aspects of this. ...if that makes sense.


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