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Interparty romance in American government

Setting: Modern day alternate version of the US government where LGBT rights and issues are about a decade ahead of ours; at the time of the story, a good number of Cabinet and Congress members are out and South Carolina is voting on gay marriage.

Question: I have two characters: the first is an openly bisexual Democrat and Senior Advisor to the president, and the other is a Republican senator for South Carolina who recently came out as gay in order to support his state's movement for gay marriage. The two of them are starting a relationship and want to be open about it. What would be the best way for them to announce their relationship with the least scandal possible? How concerned their parties be concerned about their relationship? Considering that gay relationships are much more normalized in this universe, how crazy do you think would the media get?

Research: I tried things like "spouses in politics" and "power couples," and some stuff about the Clintons and Doles, but all I found out was that it's at least allowed for both spouses to be in different branches of government, and all of the example couples were from the same party.

Tags: usa: government (misc), ~homosexuality (misc)

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