After Hillary Clinton prominently featured a Chicago gay couple in her launch video in April, they invited the candidate to their wedding.
Unfortunately, she didn’t show.
Jared Milrad and Nathan Johnson were married July 19 in Hillary’s hometown of Chicago. Their pending nuptials were heavily featured in Hillary Clinton’s launch video, which highlighted minorities and non-traditional couples. Even though the candidate didn’t actually come out in support of gay marriage until 2013, long after public support and the rest of the Democratic Party had begun to “evolve.”
“I’m getting married this summer to someone I really care about,” Milrad said about Johnson, during the video.
Shortly after the launch, Milrad took to Twitter to publicly invite Clinton to their wedding.
“Thanks for inviting us to your big day @HillaryClinton. We’re returning the favor & inviting you to ours. #wedding.”
He followed it up with an invite for, presumably, Hillary’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, too: “BTW @HillaryClinton, feel free to bring a +1. #wedding #LGBT.”
Clinton’s campaign staff returned the invite with a tepid response, apparently saying, “We’ll see.”
Milrad and Johnson were, obviously, big supporters of Hillary Clinton. Milrad gushed about her leadership abilities after he and his now-husband were featured in the video.
Hillary’s choice to feature non-traditional couples “demonstrates Secretary Clinton’s commitment to LGBT equality and the type of inclusive leader she would be as president,” Milrad explained in April, during an interview with the Washington Blade.
After their snub, they remain firmly on team Hillary.
“She rightfully pointed out that if she came to the wedding, it might distract from our special day, so we understand she supports us,” Milrad explained.
Despite ducking out of their wedding, Clinton sent the couple a letter to congratulate them. Her campaign supplied no reason why she would not attend the wedding, aside from what Milrad claims.
As the mainstream media continues to ask Republican presidential candidates whether or not they’d attend a gay wedding, it looks like they won’t have to ask Hillary Clinton: the answer appears to be no, even if she prominently featured the couple in her campaign launch.