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clarifies its stance on White House Easter egg
event

Family Pride
clarifies its stance on White House Easter egg
event

Antigay Weekly Standard says a homosexual rights group is planning to "crash" the White House Easter egg hunt.

The egg hit the fan Wednesday when the conservative publication The Weekly Standard huffed to its readers that "a church-based homosexual rights group is planning to crash the White House's annual [Easter egg hunt] with a family visibility action to spotlight their non-traditional families." The Standard warned that gay families were planning to crowd the White House gates the night before the event to be the first to enter the next morning--and get the maximum media exposure. The magazine got a little confused when it cited an e-mail sent between various gay rights groups, says the Family Pride Coalition. During the past year the coalition has been working with LGBT families to attend the event as it's "a great opportunity for LGBT families to participate in a great American tradition." "Approximately 9 million children are being raised in LGBT-headed households. Our parents live in every corner of this country, rural and urban, red states and blue states, and we strive like every other parent in this country to give our children the best opportunities, to shower them with love, to teach them respect and a love for the rich and diverse traditions America has to offer them," said Jennifer Chrisler, executive director. "By participating in this American tradition we hope to show our children a great time while introducing our families to the American public in a genuine and respectful way. I know my 4-year-old twin sons are going to have a terrific time, and I invite anyone with children to come to this cherished event." Following the media brouhaha Wednesday, White House spokesman Scott McClellan fielded a question about organizing LGBT families to participate and affirmed that the egg roll is in fact a family event. "Family Pride felt it entirely appropriate to extend the White House's invitation to all American families, including LGBT parents all across the country," said a statement issued by the group. More than 100 families have signed up to attend. (Advocate.com)

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