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Blog Roundup: March 9

March 9, 2010
  • Today DC saw its first legal same-sex marriages performed.  The first couple, Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend (right), shared their story with the Washington Post

    The couple had previously been approached by the HRC, which was looking for pairs willing to be among the first 10 to go to the courthouse, and they had agreed. But when they got to the courthouse last Wednesday morning, after a giddily sleepless night, it was still dim outside and a clerk informed them that they were actually the very first couple to arrive.

    They were excited, “But just like I’m excited when I’m first in line to get french fries at the cafeteria,” Townsend says. They could have been 37th in line; what mattered is that they were there.

    It wasn’t until after the paperwork had been filed and they emerged from courthouse in daylight that they saw the crowds. A gantlet of reporters asking them for comment, supporters cheering encouragement, protesters waving signs. Suddenly they began to understand the difference between first and First, to realize that they would be looked at for what they represented as much as for who they were. Their two adult children support what they’re doing, but fear the repercussions of the publicity: On the phone, Young’s daughter pleaded with her, “Mommy, please be safe.”

  • After Governor McDonnell moved to take away protections for gay, bisexual and transgendered employees in Virginia, Attorney General Cuccinelli is calling on public universities to end protections against discrimination against LGBT students.  Cuccinelli isn’t backing down.  I sure hope this isn’t what Virginians were hoping for when they cast their ballots.
  • Florida officials are considering denying a tax credit for the filming of TV shows and movies if the projects include gay characters.  Joe at AMERICAblog has more.
  • The Washington Post feels heat for a front page photo of a gay couple kissing after getting their marriage license–and stand by their decision.
  • Several members of Congress have joined to call for an end to the ban on gay men donating blood.  About time.  This is a policy that once made sense–when gay men were the population most heavily struck by HIV/AIDS and the science wasn’t there to test blood quickly or cheaply.  Now they test all blood anyway and gay men aren’t the population most burdened by HIV/AIDS.  By this outdated logic, African Americans should be banned from giving blood as they are the population most hit by HIV/AIDS.
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