D.C. may take up marriage equality bill in ‘09

Washington Blade
September 17, 2008
If Democrats expand their majority in Congress and California voters preserve the freedom to marry, a marriage equality bill is likely to be approved by the D.C. City Council as early as April 2009, according to activists and City Hall insiders. (Link)

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A new civil rights struggle

Washington Blade
August 21, 2008
A DC city council candidate writes, "The road to marriage equality in our city winds not just through the halls of Congress and the courts, but also through the homes and hearts of all our residents. I can, and will, do all in my power to pave the way." [Link]

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D.C. Council expands DP law

Washington Blade
May 16, 2008

The D.C. Council approved the addition of 39 new provisions to the city’s domestic partners law, bringing the law to a point where same-sex couples who register as domestic partners will receive most, but not quite all, of the rights and benefits of marriage under District law. (Link)

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Geography of taxes

Washington Blade
March 28, 2008
Regardless of your political affiliation, one debate that usually inflames passions in the Washington Metro Area is whether it’s best to live in D.C, Virginia or Maryland. The question becomes more important if you are a same-sex couple. For example, let’s say you’ve saved $1 million in your retirement account, which you planned to leave to your partner at death. In which jurisdiction would the taxes be the lowest on your estate: D.C., Virginia or Maryland? If you said D.C., you’d be wrong. Maryland? No, guess again. The answer is Virginia. Yep, that’s right, the anti-gay Commonwealth. [link]

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D.C.-area gay couples earn less than married counterparts

Washington Blade
December 18, 2007
New analyses show that local same-sex couples often earn less than married men and women. According to data recently released by the University of California’s Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation, married couples trump same-sex couples in nine of 16 categorical salary comparisons. Gary Gates, a Williams Institute senior research fellow, said the analyses “break down some very common stereotypes” of gays. “Same-sex couples are much more diverse than I think our media presentations would indicate,” he said. [Link]

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DC fourth grader inspires his moms with touching tribute

Washington Blade
May 10, 2006
A fourth grade student at Francis Scott Key Elementary in Northwest D.C., wrote an essay taking a stand for marriage equality and families. [Link]

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Families prepare for White House egg roll

365Gay.com
April 3, 2007
More than one hundred gay and lesbian families have signed up to take part in this year's annual White House Easter Egg Roll — twice the number that had signed on this time last year. [Link]

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Actress Kate Fleming’s death underscores why marriage matters

Washington Blade
January 19, 2007
If she and Charlene Strong, were wed in a commitment ceremony nearly nine years ago had been legal spouses, the decisions that came next would have been made quickly, albeit painfully. But Strong was initially denied the right to visit Fleming in the hospital as she lay dying. When asked what relationship she had to Fleming, Strong told the truth, unwilling to lie and say they were sisters. [link]

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Gay families join the White House Easter egg roll

New York Times
April 10, 2006
Some 200 gay families are planning to attend the annual White House Easter Egg Roll next Monday to help the president understand that gay families exist in this country and deserve the rights and protections that all families need. [Link]

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DC council to vote on civil unions

365Gay.com
January 2, 2006
This week, the DC council will vote on allowing civil unions. The measure, authored by council member-at-large Phil Mendelson (D), has gained widespread support and would give unmarried couples some of the broadest domestic partner rights in the country. One councilor is considering a competing bill that would legalize marriage. The civil union bill is scheduled for vote on Wednesday. [Link]

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