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Same-sex weddings commence in D.C.

Jeremy Moon and Bryan Legaspi wed in city’s first same-sex civil marriage

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D.C. Superior Court Judge Brook Hedge marries Jeremy Moon, 31, and Bryan Legaspi, 30, in the city’s first same-sex civil marriage ceremony.

The ceremony began moments after the court opened at 8:30 a.m. and occurred while a religious marriage ceremony proceeded outside the courthouse. Robb Hawthorne, 24, and James Betz, 23, wed in the religious ceremony.

The two unions were the city’s first same-sex marriages March 9, concluding more than one hour before other marriage ceremonies began at the Human Rights Campaign building.

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  1. Frankie James

    March 9, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    You go boys! Congratulations!

  2. Duane Snodgrass

    March 9, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Congratulations to all the couples!

  3. Drake

    March 9, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I remember the first Pride here in DC, in 1975. I was nervous about going. I decided that I was going to participate to try to make things better for myself here in DC, and to help work for a better future for gays. The couple here, Jeremy and Bryan, weren’t even born yet. I am so happy that for people like them, they grew up in a much better world. The work is far from finished. I hope that the many young gays and lesbians who are not politically involved, get involved this year as we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Pride here in DC. We still need to repeal DOMA (defense of marriage act), to repeal DADT (Don’t ask, don’t tell), and to enact ENDA (employment non-discrimination act). There’s plenty of work for us all.

  4. Michael

    March 11, 2010 at 2:03 pm

    I was a proud DC resident for nearly 7 years and it warms my heart and fills me with pride to see Gay marriage in my former hometown. Congratulations to all the lucky couples. After seeing NY vote against Gay marriage, it makes me consider moving back. As an African-American Gay man, it was great to see such a diverse group of couples declaring their love for one another.

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VIDEO: Queer SMYAL youth find support, community

Insecurities embraced as ‘superpowers’ through LGBT lens

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SMYAL documentary, gay news, Washington Blade
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Thomas Ilalaole is a graduate student at Northwestern University and a Washington resident. She made this video on SMYAL youth for her program in the Medill School of Journalism where she’s working on a journalism master’s — video/broadcast. She focuses on LGBTQ stories, issues and policies.

She hopes to continue working in queer journalism. Ilalaole is gay/non-binary.

SMYALPKG_Ilalaole from Medill Washington on Vimeo.

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George Takei slams Trump for Islamaphobic comments

The actor and activist speaks out against presidential candidate

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(Screenshot courtesy of MSNBC)

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George Takei spoke with MSNBC’s Thomas Roberts about Donald Trump’s comments proposing to ban muslims from the U.S.

Takei stated that he didn’t think Trump was learning from the U.S.’s history of incarcerating Japanese-Americans during World War II. Takei and his family were sent to a World War II Japanese- American internment camp in Arkansas. His personal experience has given him cause for alarm to Trump’s comments.

“Donald Trump is a perfect example of that failure,” Takei says. “It was because political leadership could not educate the hysteria that was sweeping across this country. ‘Get rid of the Japs’ was the most popular political issue of the time.”

The actor and activist continued on to riff on Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” for his Islamaphobic views.

“What Donald Trump is talking about is something that’s going to make his logo ‘America Disgraced Again.’ It’s all over again,” Takei says.

Takei also took issue with Roanoke Mayor David Bowers for choosing the word “sequester” to describe President Franklin Roosevelt’s administration’s internment of Japanese-Americans.

“We were imprisoned, incarcerated in barbed wire prison camps, concentration camps,” Takei says. “And we were American citizens.”

Takei currently is starring in the Broadway musical “Allegiance.” The play is inspired by Takei’s experiences during the Japanese-American internment of World War II.

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Family Research Council Founder had ‘black cloud’ over same-sex marriage decision

Dobson says ‘We lost the entire culture war’ with same-sex marriage

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(Right Wing Watch Screen capture from YouTube)

(Right Wing Watch Screen capture from YouTube)

Family Research Council Founder James Dobson has given his reaction to the Supreme Court’s ruling that same-sex marriage is constitutional in June.

Dobson, who also founded Family Research Council, spoke candidly in an interview with Christian evangelical televangelist Andrew Womack on “The Gospel Truth”  as reported by People For the American Way’s “Right Wing Watch.”

Dobson stated that he felt like he was in a “black cloud” when the announcement was made.

“It hit me like a ton of bricks,” Dobson says. “What had hit me is that that decision is not really about gay marriage. it’s about everything else.”

Dobson vaguely described how he thought same-sex marriage would lead to negative effects on all aspects of life.

“We lost the entire culture war with that one decision,” Dobson says. “It’s going to touch every dimension.”

As Womack nodded along in agreement Dobson continued on about his fear about same-sex marriage.

“It’s about control of the public schools and it’s what happens in universities,” Dobson says.” It’s about the economy and it’s about business and it’s about the military and it’s about medicine. It’s about everything.”

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