Unless you live in a cave — in which case you wouldn’t be likely to be reading this anyway — you are familiar with the Supreme Court decision involving gay marriage. You’ve also likely seen the flood of rainbows in celebration, including our own White House being lit up in a vibrant display.
However, did you know that there’s been a petition requesting the White House be lit up gold for just one day to support another cause? The request has been made for years — and denied.
When I first saw the Facebook post above, alleging that the pediatric cancer community has attempted for years in various forms to persuade our leaders to turn the White House gold for just one day, but were denied, I was skeptical. Could it just be someone not pleased with the ruling on gay marriage trying to stir the pot? Unfortunately, that’s not the case.
A quick Google search led to a petition on whitehouse.gov. The petition was published on January 7, 2013 and reads:
Cancer is the number one disease killer in children, and seven kids die every day in the United States. We must raise awareness to impact this mortality rate. Changing this outcome requires awareness, and the President can lead this effort by lighting the White House gold for the month of September. Gold represents both the pediatric cancer cause and the light that children provide in our lives. We should honor them by shedding light on their battle. The color of that light is gold.
The White House gave a lengthy response, but in short said, “We cannot light the building gold for the month of September.”
The Facebook post above claims that the pediatric community has been told lighting the White House in the color of gold to “represent all the children who have fought the beast that is cancer, for all the children who have lost their lives, and for all those precious children still giving everything they have for just one more day” has been denied because “it’s too costly, involves too much planning and hands they don’t have, and that they can’t light for every good cause that crosses their desk.”
Yet, as the Facebook user points out, “in a matter of hours they were able to plan its PR and light it bright. This makes me so terribly sad to know that a Supreme Court ruling is held in higher regard, is more celebratory, than our baby’s lives…”
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Disclaimer: This article was not written by Lorra B.