Melanie & Vanessa Alenier, one of the plaintiff couples in the lawsuit for marriage equality in Florida, will be attending the 136th annual White House Easter Egg Roll with their family. This event, hosted by the First Family, is being held on Monday, April 21st, 2014.
This year’s theme is “Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,” and more than 30,000 people will assemble on the South Lawn to join in the fun. The event will feature live music, sports courts, cooking stations, storytelling and, of course, Easter egg rolling. In addition to all of the fun, the day’s activities will encourage children to lead healthy, active lives in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative.
In January the Aleniers were one of six couples that joined Equality Florida Institute in filing a lawsuit aimed at allowing gay couples to marry in Florida. At the press conference, Vanessa Alenier explained why the couple agreed to be plaintiffs.
“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.”
We are proud of the Aleniers and their willingness to speak up for all of our families. We look forward to our day in court confident that the law will rule on the side of equality and fairness. The majority of Floridians now stand with us. It is time for all families in our state to have full equality under the law.