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"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
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Female 40s C.J. CREGG
Male 30s PAUL EVANS
 
Setup:
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.
 

Scene

INT. CJ'S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS

CJ at her desk. PAUL EVANS, a handsome man in his late twenties, enters. CJ goes and embraces him.


CJ

Oh Paul. I am so sorry you're stuck in the middle of this.

PAUL

I was going to say the same to you. You're sure there's no way you can come?

CJ shakes her head.


CJ

You are the least political person I know. How did Nathan get you to agree to this?

PAUL

This 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.

CJ

The hate crimes legislation and funding for AIDS doesn't count?

PAUL

So we're only visible when we're in pain? Victims to be looked after? What about when something good happens to us?

CJ

Gay activists are always lobbying for more protections. So now you're saying, "Forget about all that, we've changed our minds"?

PAUL

We're not asking for anything special. Just the same rights as everybody else.

CJ

You have the same rights.

PAUL

Try 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?

CJ

When?

PAUL

Just before he decided we should do this. Let's just say you're in no danger of being called "Aunt CJ" any time soon.

CJ

I'm sorry.

PAUL

Technically, 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.

CJ

I wish there was something I could do.

PAUL

Main reason I agreed to the sideshow? I love your brother, CJ.

CJ

I love my brother, too, Paul.

PAUL

Prove it.

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