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Will & Grace Creator Donates Pro-LGBT Marlon Bundo to Every Indiana Grammar School 

Will & Grace Creator Donates Pro-LGBT Marlon Bundo to Every Indiana Grammar School 

Max Mutchnick

Now every elementary school in homophobe Mike Pence's home state will own a copy of the heartwarming tale of the vice president's gay bunny. 

The John Oliver-promoted children's book in which Vice President Mike Pence's pet bunny, Marlon Bundo, falls in love with another boy rabbit, is not only a best seller but will now be available in every elementary school in the homophobic Pence's home state of Indiana.

One of Will & Grace's creators, Max Mutchnik has donated a copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo to each of the Indiana schools, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I would like to donate this copy of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo to your library. After hearing about the book, I brought it home and read it to my twin daughters. It's a poignant story about how love and community can rise above intolerance," Mutchnick wrote in a letter to the librarians of Indiana's elementary schools.

"My grammar school library was something of a safe haven. Books allow children to dream and hope, but you know that already," Mutchnick wrote. "Thanks to libraries and librarians like you, storytelling not only became my passion -- it also became my profession. I hope your students enjoy this book as much as my family and I did."

The book is written by Jill Twiss, a writer on Oliver's Last Week Tonight show, and illustrated by E.G. Keller. It was issued in response to Marlon Bundo's A Day in the Life of the Vice President, a book about the vice-presidential pet written by Pence's daughter Charlotte and illustrated by his wife, Karen.

In 1998 Mutchnick and David Kohan created the landmark hit Will & Grace, which became the first TV series to feature gay men in leading roles. The has series proved its lasting impact, with the revival of the show making a big splash last fall -- 12 years after its original run ended.

Announcing the arrival of A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo a few weeks ago, Oliver pointed out that the book Pence's wife and daughter produced about their rabbit following the rampant homophobe around the White House could have been harmless enough except that one of the stops on the book tour was with the virulently anti-LGBT group Focus on the Family.

During his time as a congressman from Indiana, Pence voted against the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and against the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell," among other anti-LGBT actions. As the state's governor, he signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act into law, providing what critics called a license to discriminate against LGBT people; it was later amended. In one of his congressional campaigns, he supported channeling AIDS funding to groups that seek to help people change their sexual behavior, a stance some have interpreted as an endorsement of "ex-gay" therapy.

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