Mpls. Same-Sex Couple Celebrates White House Easter

Updated: 03/31/2013 3:07 PM By: Katherine Johnson

At only 4 years old, twin brothers Emmett and Gabriel are off on the trip of a lifetime.

They're curious, excited and very helpful when it comes to getting their family of four on the road.

The twins have been invited to participate in the Annual Easter Egg Hunt on the White House lawn and their dads Paul and James welcome the enthusiasm.

"We've been practicing who President Obama is and why he's important to our family and why he is important for all of us," said father Paul Melchert.

Each year, President Obama reserves tickets to the annual White House Easter Egg Hunt for two-mom and two-dad families.

"At the years that our state and that the nation is looking at this in such an intense close eye- that that was the year our kids were on the White House lawn..." said Melchert.

This past week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard cases regarding the Defense of Marriage Act and California's Proposition 8 - two pieces of legislation that have placed restrictions on couples like James and Paul, including their ability to marry.

"We want our kids to be growing up in an accepting environment and knowing that their two dads love them and this is what our family looks like," he said.

The Minneapolis couple has been together for nine years. 

With help from a surrogate, they became a busy family four years ago. Here at home, a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage is gaining traction in the State House and Gabriel and Emmett pack their bags for the White House.

"We were invited there by the President. I think that's what makes this feel like such a special thing and that were all going there as a family."

It's a day the boys may be too young to remember at a time their parents will never forget.

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