President Obama invited both Melanie and Vanessa Alenier and their son to partake in the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. The invite, though, may be controversial to some as the Alenier’s are the plaintiffs in a lawsuit for marriage equality in Florida. They are one of six couples that joined Equality Florida Institute to file a lawsuit against the state’s discriminatory constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between one man and one woman. “Melanie and I have worked so hard to build and protect our family, but nothing can come close to matching the protections that marriage provides. Our family is in need of those protections just like other families. We want our son to understand that his family is secure and just as respected as any other family part of our community here in Florida,” Vanessa said when they initially filed the lawsuit.
The day of fun, this year on Easter Monday, invites families from all over the country to play games on the White House lawn with the First Family. The Alenier’s aren’t the first same-sex couple to attend the event, last year Obama extended an invite to a same-sex military family.