December 18, 2013 at 12:27 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Evans performs same-sex wedding
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D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) performed his first same-sex marriage on Dec. 14. (Photo courtesy of Jack Evans)

D.C. Council member and mayoral candidate Jack Evans (D-Ward 2) performed his first same-sex marriage on Dec. 14 when he joined Logan Circle residents John Lazar and J. Edward Jarvis at a ceremony at the couple’s home.

Evans performed the ceremony under authority given to him by the D.C. Marriage Officiant Act of 2013, which, among other things, empowers the mayor and all 13 City Council members to perform marriages in the District of Columbia.

“We are honored to have Jack officiate at our marriage, and it’s so appropriate since he has been politically supportive of our community for 22 years,” Lazar said in a statement.

Lazar told the Blade that he and Jarvis met and began a relationship in 1993 in New York City where the two lived at the time and have been a couple ever since. Lazar currently serves as senior vice president of the American Cancer Society’s Mid-Atlantic Region. Jarvis is an executive compensation consultant and principal at Mercer & Company, a D.C. area consulting firm.

“Ed and I are just thrilled to see this opportunity arise within our own lifetimes,” Lazar said. “Ten years ago we really didn’t think we would see marriage equality and we’re just delighted.”

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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