December 25, 2009 at 3:02 am EST | by Kevin Naff

The following are excerpts from comments posted to responding to news and features items.

Re: “D.C. Council passes marriage bill”

This is a great day! Now to contact my representative and senators to tell them to let it be. Congratulations D.C.!! — Duane Snodgrass

Bishop Harry Jackson should be more concerned with the “back-sliding sinner heterosexuals” and their high divorce rate. Preach to your own congregation, sir. Bravo, D.C. City Council. At least some legislative work can be done in this city. — Frank

This to me is a non-issue. If you don’t agree with marriage equality, don’t marry someone of the same sex! As a schoolteacher, I don’t ever recall reading/citing the words “with liberty and justice for ALL” and seeing the word, “except.” Separate but equal does not, has not and should not work! We cannot “eenie meenie miney moe” through our neighborhoods and point to who is allowed marriage or not. — Stephanie K.

Re: “D.C. marriage bill signing” photos

Great news! Kudos to David Catania and our community and its friends for this oh so major accomplishment! 
Let the 30-day congressional legislative review begin! — DC John

Re: “Gay business group hires director”

I think Mark is the perfect person to do this job. The Chamber has a real and expanding role in the life of the metro area and Mark can help to bring that role to fruition. Congratulations to both Mark and the Chamber for taking this step. — Peter Rosenstein

Re: “Senate panel approves DP bill, takes OPM to task”

John Berry spoke at the Out & Equal Conference in Orlando this year — and went on, at length, about how the Obama Administration was passionate about “real” equality for LGBT people in terms of employment. He also admitted that the federal government is woefully behind in implementing LGBT-inclusive policies and practices. What’s pretty clear is 1) they’re really rather clueless about putting together the numbers and the business case (something covered in the LGBT 101 presentations), and 2) there’s apparently little incentive to work on these issues from the administration’s perspective. — Mike in Houston

Make no mistake about it: The Obama administration will work behind the scenes to ensure this will not see the light of day. Read his administration’s briefs and read what they told the California court judge about domestic benefits. Wake up gay people, we are turning toward Uganda. That is where the Republicans, conservatives, Christians, Muslims and most Democrats want this country to go. — Brian

Re: “Calif. man could become first openly gay dad in Congress”

You identified Steve Pougnet’s husband as his “partner” in your article about him. They were married in Palm Springs when it was still legal in California. And Steve married my husband Al and me in his capacity as mayor. Perhaps if you start referring to married gays as husbands and wives, it will catch on. The word partner has always sounded more like a business relationship than a lifelong commitment. — Larry Deitz

Kevin Naff is the editor and a co-owner of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest and most acclaimed LGBT news publication, founded in 1969.

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