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Thomas Roberts Interviews Gay Couple Planning to 'Get Political' with Obama at Easter Egg Roll: VIDEO


Last week I reported on Jarrod Scarbrough and Les Sewell, the New Mexico couple of 18 years who are attending the Easter Egg Roll at the White House today and said they planned to press Obama on signing an executive order protecting LGBT people from workplace discrimination.

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts caught up with the couple before the event today, Think Progress LGBT reports. Roberts asked the couple why they planned to "get political with the President at an event like this?"


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  1. Oh, honey. You're supposed to put the dye on the eggs.

    Posted by: endo | Apr 9, 2012 1:03:26 PM

  2. If you wanted to be taken seriously, would you go to great lengths to make yourself look like a foolish freak show ripped from the book of negative gay stereotypes?

    No, you wouldn't. FAIL.

    Posted by: ByTheBay | Apr 9, 2012 2:10:45 PM

  3. They've been together for 18 years? Did they meet in pre-school?

    Posted by: David | Apr 9, 2012 2:32:57 PM

  4. what are these negative gay stereotypes and what makes them specifically, and inherently, "negative"?

    ENDA is important. LGBT people and our allies talking about ENDA is important. President Obama has himself called on our community to "keep pressuring him."

    this may not be the time and place for this action, but perhaps they will indeed find a way to make their point in an appropriate manner.

    if nothing else, at least there's discussion about it, and ENDA, happening in the media again. this alone is a good thing.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Apr 9, 2012 2:47:07 PM

  5. Why bother? This has been a road to no where for decades.

    Posted by: M. Scott Hernandez | Apr 9, 2012 3:23:13 PM

  6. ONG, the hair undermines everything about
    what they are trying to accommplish?
    Frankly, I might discriminate based on
    that sue me.

    Posted by: BrokebackBob | Apr 9, 2012 4:10:14 PM

  7. Omg, I applaud the effort but they look ridiculous. :-P

    Posted by: LOL | Apr 9, 2012 5:33:20 PM

  8. So, did they do it, and what was the response?

    I think it's a bit strange that they did the media circus BEFORE the event, kinda makes them come off as attention-seekers.

    Posted by: jim | Apr 9, 2012 6:23:43 PM

  9. I, a gay man, wouldn't be able to keep a straight face with that hair if I were President Obama.

    Posted by: jakeinlove | Apr 9, 2012 6:32:10 PM

  10. Well, to be fair, it is Easter, so maybe there are face-painting booths, bunny ears to wear and this guy found his way to the "color your hair like an Easter egg" booth.
    I find terms like "LGBT" cliche and awkward in contexts like this. The subtitle on the TV screen calls them "an LGBT couple?". The rough equivalent would be calling Oprah a "Black male/ Black/ Bi-Racial/ Albino" person.

    Posted by: Gregv | Apr 9, 2012 7:50:02 PM

  11. @gregv

    These clowns showed up at the ABQ airport trolling for local media attention in these getups.

    This wasn't some post-festivities disaster. It was a sad, self-inflicted, calculated train wreck. And it undermines us all.

    These two should be ashamed of themselves.

    Posted by: ByTheBay | Apr 10, 2012 1:24:47 AM

  12. No wonder we can't get full equality with all the bitchy nasty superficial comments from you queens.

    Posted by: Tom | Apr 10, 2012 12:41:50 PM

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