Is Being Wonderfully Trolled by Happy Gay 'Bears' gay couple

If former Florida Governor Jeb Bush decides to enter the 2016 White House race, the first item on his daunting to-do list should probably be to come up with a really great domain name. That’s because is taken, by a self-described “high tech bear couple” from Oregon. CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater own the website, and they’re not exactly planning to turn it over to Mr. Bush any time soon.


Phillips and Rainwater told Business Insider they plan to use the site "as a platform to educate our friends and family about political impact to LGBT families." According to Phillips, they bought the URL in 2008 with an eye toward the future:

Early tentative plans were to essentially blog about how we felt about various legislation happening nationally and worldwide. For example, at the time Texas legislature was either planning to pass or had already passed a bill that made the legal documents created by any couple in a relationship that mimicked marriage null and void. We didn’t see LGBT equality getting any better, and we felt said rights would more than likely still be in the spotlight in the run up for the next several election cycles. Jeb’s name was already being bandied about in the news as a potential presidential candidate, and we felt sure he’d be running in a future election.

Bush has historically opposed gay marriage in strident terms, although he’s moderated his tone in the lead-up to his potential presidential bid.

Phillips and Rainwater say they have already received offers for the site, but so far they’ve turned them all down. Here’s what you’ll find if you visit

Hi there, and welcome to the page. CJ and Charlie are two guys in a great relationship who are looking to inform our friends and family about some of the challenges we face being part of the LGBT community. This page is intended to prompt understanding, insight, and healthy dialogue in the ever changing landscape of civil rights and social justice.

The couple says they aren’t fixated solely on Jeb Bush and his political views, but that “we're going to use the platform to deliver our views on his policies and those of others.”

Hey, good for them. I think if they were smart enough to snap up in 2008 and Jeb Bush WASN’T, then they should get to use it for whatever they want. Also, I can’t lie: I kind of love the idea of a deeply conservative, anti-gay person visiting that URL and getting a surprise education from this couple. Heck, I learned something myself today! From the website:

Why do we call ourselves Bears?

Many years ago, there was a movement born from a simple desire to be part of a community. Many gay men felt that they didn't fit in with the stereotypes of that time because they weren't the pretty gym bodies with Farrah Fawcett hair and smooth faces. Hence the birth of the bear movement.

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