November 04, 2004

Greetings From George, Again

I'm not going to turn this site into a daily political rant, but since politics are still fresh on everyone's minds, I thought it was worthwhile to revisit a post I did in August. Shortly before our wedding, I received this card from the White House:


As I mentioned in the August post, I'm left-of center on most political and social issues, but was still excited to get mail from the White House. L and I had sent a save-the-date card to the White House greetings office in the spring. Whoever is in charge there followed through, sending a note of congratulations from the president and first lady shortly before our wedding. Receiving this card gave me an idea. Here's what I wrote back in August:

At a risk of offending my readers, however, allow me to describe something I was thinking after I read the card. Would the White House send greetings to gay and lesbian couples? If I have any readers in same-sex relationships who are engaged to be married...I'd love it if you could do a little experiment for me. Send your invitation to the White House and see if you get a response. I see no reason why wishes of congratulations and statements that a marriage celebrates "your love and commitment to each other" should be limited to heterosexual relationships.

I was hoping that this experiment would only last through January 20th and that we'd continue the American tradition of progress in all areas of equality by electing a reality-based president. Alas, the huge number of "values-based" voters who turned out for Bush have unfortunately extended the time during which my experiment can continue.

But, when life hands you lemons...

I'd like to keep this experiment going. If you are a gay or lesbian couple entering into a marriage or civil union, please send your wedding invitation to George and Laura. Here's the address:

The Honorable George W. Bush and Mrs. Bush
The White House
Attn: Greetings Office
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, DC 20500-0039

Remember that the president, despite his base's overwhelming opposition to just about any form of gay marriage, flip-flopped on the same issue right before the election, taking a more nuanced view that may have made an exception for civil unions in an effort to appeal to moderate voters. Let's see if the president, as a man of steely resolve, sticks to his beliefs.

Send your invitations to the White House and, if you get a response, scan the outer envelope so that it shows both of your names and email it to me. (The cards inside don't have names on them.) If I get enough responses, I might spin off this website to post a few. We'll see what happens.

Also, if you use the White House website to make your request please note that it asks for a form of address: Mr., Ms. Dr., etc. Please do not lie and say that you are Mr. and Mrs. when you are really two men or two women. Mailing an actual invitation to the White House will be much more effective and will head off any criticism that we are duping the president and first lady. Social justice is born from truth.

Remember, either you're with rational, reality-based people or you're with the fundamentalists. Thanks for your support.

Posted by Doug at November 4, 2004 10:28 AM

We did this in July! Still have our card.

Posted by: Rachel at November 4, 2004 10:40 PM

FYI, you should black out your street address and zip code when you scan the envelope. Just have it show your names and your hometown and state.

Posted by: Doug at November 5, 2004 09:03 AM