"Gay activists are always lobbying for more protections. So now you're saying, Forget about all that, we've changed our minds?"
|From: The West Wing - Friends of the Groom|
CJ Cregg is the Press Secretary for the President of the United States. Her younger brother Nathan has just invited her and the entire White House staff to the wedding ceremony for him and his lover Paul. CJ was told by the Chief of Staff that she can't attend. CJ then had an argument with Nathan, in which she accused him of using her as a tool for his own publicity stunt on behalf of gay rights.
INT. CJ'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS
CJ at her desk. PAUL EVANS, a handsome man in his late twenties, enters. CJ goes and embraces him.
CJOh Paul. I am so sorry you're stuck in the middle of this.
PAULI was going to say the same to you. You're sure there's no way you can come?
CJ shakes her head.
CJYou are the least political person I know. How did Nathan get you to agree to this?
PAULThis is probably the closest anyone's gonna get to putting something like this in the President's lap. Get him to consider us, and everyone like us.
CJThe hate crimes legislation and funding for AIDS doesn't count?
PAULSo we're only visible when we're in pain? Victims to be looked after? What about when something good happens to us?
CJGay activists are always lobbying for more protections. So now you're saying, "Forget about all that, we've changed our minds"?
PAULWe're not asking for anything special. Just the same rights as everybody else.
CJYou have the same rights.
PAULTry and get a one bedroom apartment with two men on the lease. Or put a picture of Nathan on my desk at work, much less bring him to an office party. Did he tell you we applied to be foster parents?
PAULJust before he decided we should do this. Let's just say you're in no danger of being called "Aunt CJ" any time soon.
PAULTechnically, we have the same rights. But when we live openly together, that's when people start to forget we live in America, too. Equal protection under the law is equal protection for anybody but us. That's why I'm doing this. Being nice doesn't count for much.
CJI wish there was something I could do.
PAULMain reason I agreed to the sideshow? I love your brother, CJ.
CJI love my brother, too, Paul.