Bil Browning

Gay 'Bear' Couple Own

Filed By Bil Browning | June 17, 2015 2:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics
Tags: domain names, Jed Bush, presidential election

Phillips-Rainwater.jpgTwo self described "tech bears" own and have no plans to release it to the presidential candidate. The duo bought the domain back in 2008.

Oregon residents CJ Phillips and Charlie Rainwater bought the domain originally to start a blog. They have been a couple for almost 20 years.

"Early tentative plans were to essentially blog about how we felt about various legislation happening nationally and worldwide," Phillips told Business Insider.

"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 formally announced his candidacy earlier this week, but so far the two say they haven't heard from the campaign.

"We've had a couple of offers," Phillips says. "One person asked flat-out why a gay couple would have a candidate centric domain. The latest was someone saying they wanted to buy the domain as a birthday present for a friend."

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