Blog Entries by Michael Crawford

Advocate.com reports on marriage in Washington, D.C.

The Advocate.com looks at the beginning of marriages in Washington, D.C.

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Federal Marriage Discrimination Hurts Families on Tax Day

April 15th marks a deadline that few Americans look forward to - and same-sex couples in particular have reason to dread.

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When Allen and Michael got married in Iowa

Allen Vanderlinden and Michael Thompson met at Plymouth Church in Des Moines, Iowa and had their first date on April 6, 2003. Little did they know that date would lead to a long-term relationship and they’re getting married in 2009 shortly after the Iowa Supreme Court ruling legalizing marriages for same-sex couples on April 3, 2009.

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Refuting the Naysayers: 1st Anniversary of Marriage in Iowa and Other “Unlikely” Victories

April 3rd is the first anniversary of the Iowa Supreme Court’s unanimous ruling that excluding same-sex couples from marriage is unconstitutional. As happy couples and their delighted loved ones begin celebrating personal anniversaries, the milestone marks yet another moment in the marriage movement when critics said we couldn’t – but we did.

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Anti-Marriage Hiram Monserratte is Defeated; Pro-Marriage Jose Peralta Elected

Anti-marriage former State Senator Hiram Monserratte lost his bid top regain his seat yesterday. He was defeated by a 3-1 margin by Assemblymember Jose Peralta. Peralta voted for marriage for same-sex couples three times while serving in the Assembly.

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Make Your Family Count

This year same-sex couples have an important opportunity to stand up and be counted. The U.S. Census is conducting a survey to get a more accurate count of all Americans and households including same-sex couples and their families. The information collected by the Census is confidential, but crucial because it will be used by federal and state governments to set congressional district boundaries and to distribute billions of dollars in social services. The Census is also used by researchers and commentators, and is a powerful way to make our families more visible and thus more respected.

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Video - DC Same-Sex Couple Gets Married

Yesterday, the first same-sex couples in Washington, D.C. were legally married. Here's video of Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend getting married.

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Meet the First DC Couples to Apply for Marriage Licenses

The first same-sex couples to apply for a marriage license in Washington, D.C. are standing in line now. After a three day waiting period, couples will be able to pick up their license and have their marriage performed beginning Tuesday, March 9th. Here are profiles of a few of the committed couples who will finally be able to share in the responsibilities, protections, and commitment of marriage.

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First Look: Couples Waiting To Get a DC Marriage License

Here are the first pictures from Washington, D.C. on the first day same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license. More photos and updates will be posted throughout the day.

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Campaign Goes After Opponents of Gay Marriage

Angered by the defeat last year of a bill that would have allowed same-sex couples to marry, a group of well-financed gay rights advocates has started a political action committee to take aim aggressively at state senators who have opposed same-sex marriage.

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