September 25, 2013 | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Fisette weds on 30th anniversary
Jay Fisette, Arlington County Board, gay news, Washington Blade

Arlington County Board Vice Chair Jay Fisette (Washington Blade file photo by Jeff Surprenant)

Arlington County Board Vice Chair Jay Fisette married his longtime partner, businessman Bob Rosen, on the couple’s 30th anniversary on Sept. 17.

Fisette became Virginia’s first openly gay elected official in 1997, when he won election to his first term on the Arlington board.

In an announcement sent to his board colleagues immediately after the wedding, Fisette said, “We held a brief, private ceremony at All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. … We were joined by our mothers, my sister, and a handful of close friends. It was lovely.”

Added Fisette: “The world is changing. If you would have asked us 15 years ago if we would ever have the opportunity to get married, we would have said, ‘Not in our lifetime.’”

Now, Fisette said, he and Rosen expect marriage equality “will actually arrive in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the next five years.”

He said the Supreme Court decision overturning the Defense of Marriage Act earlier this year and the Obama administration’s announcement that the IRS would give the same tax benefits as heterosexual couples to same-sex married couples regardless of where they live prompted him and Rosen to marry at this time.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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