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Shame on Del. Jill Carter

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To say that Maryland Del. Jill Carter, a Baltimore Democrat, is no profile in courage would be a massive understatement.

At a time when her colleagues on both sides of the aisle have debated the often-contentious issue of marriage equality with restraint, Carter today bailed on a committee vote and essentially took her ball and went home.

The House Judiciary Committee was set to vote to advance the marriage equality bill to the floor; it has already passed in the Senate. Carter, who represents the deciding vote in committee, abandoned the session and is trying to force her colleagues into acting on two of her own pet bills before agreeing to a vote on marriage.

This is beyond petty politics. Carter co-sponsored the bill. Now she’s threatening to kill it unless she gets her way on two unrelated matters. It’s a reprehensible publicity stunt that will hurt her in the long run.

Carter’s outrageously selfish act calls into question the House leadership’s role in lining up the votes. Unlike the Senate, where gay Sen. Rich Madaleno took charge of the marriage effort and successfully and professionally shepherded it to passage, no one has stepped up in a similar capacity on the House side.

Now would be a good time for one of the six gay and lesbian House members to rally the troops and push the measure over the top. Dels. Maggie McIntosh and Heather Mizeur, in particular, have the experience and the respect of their peers to get it done. Madaleno has shown the way. It’s time for bold leadership from our LGBT Caucus before this momentous opportunity is wasted.

Shame on Del. Carter. She must feel mighty powerful withholding fundamental civil rights from thousands of Marylanders. But her immature grandstanding is a colossal mistake she will regret. Let’s hope she comes to her senses after hearing from angry constituents and donors. You can contact her at 800-492-7122, x3283 or at [email protected]

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National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce Certifies Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc

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Washington, D.C. — Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc, the parent company of the Washington Blade and Azer Creative, announced today it has been certified by the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) as an LGBT Business Enterprise. The NGLCC supports and advocates for diversity and inclusion for LGBT-owned businesses. With this certification the Blade’s parent company joins more than 510 business and 134 corporate partners of the NGLCC.

Brown, Naff, Pitts Omnimedia, Inc. owns and operates the Washington Blade, the oldest and most acclaimed LGBT newspaper in the country. In 2012, the company launched Azer Creative, a full-service design firm. The company employs more than a dozen full-time LGBT staff.

“We are excited to become one of the 500 LGBT businesses across the country certified by NGLCC,” said Lynne Brown, the Blade’s publisher and a co-owner of the company. “The LGBT community has been part of our company from the beginning and we look forward to continue that for many years to come.”

The Washington Blade was founded in 1969 and is known as the “newspaper of record” for the LGBT community both locally and nationally. Visit washingtonblade.com for more information. Azer Creative is a full-service graphic design firm based in Washington, D.C. Visit azercreative.com for more information. 

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Nominate the ‘Best of Gay D.C.’ now!

Dozens of categories cover all the best for LGBT Washington. Who deserves the prize this year?

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