By Dave Boyer-The Washington Times
The White House expressed disapproval Friday of photographs showing gay-rights activists, guests of President Obama, making obscene gestures at the portrait of President Reagan during a gay-pride reception at the White House last week.
â€œWhile the White House does not control the conduct of guests at receptions, we certainly expect that all attendees conduct themselves in a respectful manner,â€ said White House spokesman Shin Inouye. â€œMost all do. These individuals clearly did not. Behavior like this doesnâ€™t belong anywhere, least of all in the White House.â€
Matthew â€œMattyâ€ Hart and Zoe Strauss, both from the Philadelphia area, posted photographs of themselves on Facebook giving the middle finger to Mr. Reaganâ€™s official portrait hanging in the White House as they attended the party.
A leader of Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative gay-rights group, criticized the activists for insulting Mr. Reagan.
â€œIt is unfortunate that the image conservative America is seeing today of LGBT people is of gay leftists misbehaving at the White House, rather than the millions of patriotic, decent LGBT citizens, many of whom, like Log Cabin Republicans, hold President Ronald Reagan in high esteem,â€ Christian Berle, deputy executive director of the group, said in a statement.
â€œThese photographs have hurt our community and make advocating for inclusion and equality more difficult. The participants should be ashamed,â€ he said.
At the reception, Mr. Obama told the attendees that the day is approaching when gay citizens will enjoy full equality in America.
â€œWeâ€™ll get there because of every man and woman and activist and ally who is moving us forward by the force of their moral arguments, but more importantly, by the force of their example,â€ Mr. Obama said.
Mr. Hart didnâ€™t return a call seeking comment, but he told Philadelphia magazine that he despises Mr. Reaganâ€™s legacy.
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