Why I’m Not Celebrating Jenna Bush’s Wedding

August 17, 2007 at 9:03 am 14 comments

I wish that I could be amongst those celebrating Jenna Bush’s upcoming marriage, but knowing that her father advocated a constitutional ban on same-sex marriages, I just can’t. I know that sounds like I am a bitter homosexual activist. I’m not. I just have no more patience for the double standard that confers more than 1,200 federal rights and responsibilities to legally recognized opposite marriages while denying same-sex couples those same benefits. Even in Massachusetts, the only one of the fifty states where same-sex couples can marry, gay couples are denied federal benefits.

Talk about “special rights.”

The announcement of Jenna’s engagement to Henry Hager has generated hundreds of news stories and for a short time was considered more pressing “breaking news” at CNN.com than the second Utah mine collapse which killed three rescue workers. In comparison the tragic story of Patrick Atkins and Brett Conrad who shared their lives together as a couple for 25 years before Patrick was rendered disabled by an aneurysm and his anti-gay family took control of his life. Despite a two year battle, Patrick’s family has not allowed Brett to see the man who he spent 25 years of his life loving and caring for. Fewer than a dozen stories have been written about their plight.

Here is an excerpt from the Indianapolis Star:

Brett Conrad spent more than half his life as Patrick Atkins’ partner. For 25 years, the men shared bank accounts, apartments and eventually a home in Fishers.

But when Atkins, 47, fell seriously ill in 2005, Conrad faced what many gay Hoosiers consider a travesty: no law guaranteeing them the same rights as married couples to participate in care decisions for their ill partners.
Conrad, 47, spent much of the past two years trying to win guardianship of Atkins from Atkins’ parents, Thomas and Jeanne of Carmel. Jeanne Atkins is quoted in court documents as saying she believes homosexuality is a sin and that she disapproves of the men’s relationship. The parents have barred Conrad from visiting their now-disabled son in their home where he lives.

I believe that it is an amazing thing when people find love. Its something that should be celebrated. But I cannot celebrate the current system of marriage discrimination that holds same-sex couples to be inferior to and less worthy of of legal recognition, support and affirmation than opposite-sex couples.


Entry filed under: Family, LGBT, Marriage, Politics, Republicans.

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14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. phil_in_ny  |  August 17, 2007 at 10:17 am

    I don’t think any of us really care about Jenna Bush’s wedding. Good for her. Has she finished rehab?

  • 2. Brian  |  August 17, 2007 at 2:23 pm

    Your post is right on. This administration has used homophobia for political gain since Day 1, and I couldn’t care less that one of the daughters is getting hitched.

    I am also repulsed by the fact that she’s marrying one of Karl Rove’s former employees. It’s almost like this whole administration is part of some exclusive club of rich and powerful people.

  • 3. Bloggernista  |  August 17, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Its an exclusive club of people that seem to care only about themselves and not about any of the people that they hurt in their quest for more power.

  • 4. Paul  |  August 17, 2007 at 5:56 pm

    Poor henry. She’s gonna feel like an outsized sock on the wedding night.

  • 5. Ted  |  August 17, 2007 at 11:13 pm

    I think she is expecting child.

    I wonder how much this wedding will cost the taxpayers with security and everything. Even after dingle dick is out of office.
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  • 6. JusticeForPat  |  August 17, 2007 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks very much for your article. We have received many positive, supportive comments and inquiries over the past few weeks asking where to contribute to help Brett with the legal fees. We have setup a website:

    Please tell your friends about the site, but also ask them to THINK TWICE about purchasing Atkins cheesecakes/desserts. Ask before ordering dessert at a restaurant. Is it an Atkins dessert?


  • 7. Dangerous Dave  |  August 18, 2007 at 1:41 am

    Why I’m not celebrating Jenna’s wedding? Because frankly, I don’t give a flying fuck. She’s the uglier of the two anyway.

  • 8. Christopher  |  August 18, 2007 at 10:17 am

    Jenna is a skank.

    In a month after marriage, she’ll be back in the C&W bars down yonder in Austin, TX, drinking beer and blowing the cowboys in the backroom.

    Hager can’t tame a mess that this girl.

  • 9. Dangerous Dave  |  August 19, 2007 at 11:22 am

    Bloggernista said:

    “Its an exclusive club of people that seem to care only about themselves and not about any of the people that they hurt in their quest for more power.”

    That’s all politicians, bud. It isn’t going to change once Hillary is back in the White House. The only thing we have to look forward to is the situation getting worse.

  • […] me bitter if you will, but as I explained in an earlier post: I wish that I could be amongst those celebrating Jenna Bush’s upcoming marriage, but knowing […]

  • 11. Repituar  |  May 8, 2008 at 8:25 am

    Everyone is titled to their own opinion which I’m sure we can all agree on. Well here is mine: Your a bunch of idiots!

  • 12. rmcccaffery  |  May 8, 2008 at 8:44 pm

    let Jenna get married at home her father ALREADY stole enough of our money in a round a out way, I don’t want to pay for his daughter;s wedding. I already have my own which will probably never have a big wedding thanks to her fathers reign.

  • 13. Michael Crawford  |  May 9, 2008 at 6:53 am


    Your comment shows the kind of witless responses we have come to expect from right-wing homophobes.

    I am embarrassed for you.

  • 14. lee bo  |  May 10, 2008 at 7:54 am

    I agree with Ted not only is it going to cost use (taxpayers) but just think about the money being spent on the wedding itself probly enough to fill half the state of Texas gas tanks for a year.Point being People need to open there eyes and see all the pro Ball players, CEO’s,Polatains ( don’t deserve to be spelled Right damn bunch of CROOKS) that are making HUGE amounts of money while the rest of use starve making 6.00 an hour working 2 jobs 80+ hours just to keep what we earned 8 years ago.


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