Ofﬁcial party platform close toincluding ‘historic’ language
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
The Democratic Party platform draftingcommittee approved language this week endorsingsame-sex marriage in addition to adopting otherpro-LGBT positions as part of the ofﬁcial partyplatform, according to two sources familiar with thedrafting process.Retiring gay Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), whosits on the committee, told the Washington Bladeon Monday that the 15-member panel unanimouslybacked the inclusion of a marriage equality plankafter a national hearing last weekend in Minneapolis,in which several witnesses testiﬁed in favor of suchlanguage.“I was part of a unanimous decision to includeit,” Frank said. “There was a unanimous decision inthe drafting committee to include it in the platform,which I supported, but everybody was for it.”Frank emphasized that support for marriageequality is a position that has been establishedfor the Democratic Party, from the president, whoendorsed marriage equality in May, to HouseDemocratic lawmakers who voted to reject anamendment reafﬁrming the Defense of Marriage
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
end to burial impasse
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
rights leader Frank Kameny died in his Washingtonhome at the age of 86, an urn bearing his ashescontinues to sit on a shelf in a storage vault in the
Brothers and Sisters (HOBS) over ownership rightsto the plot where Kameny’s ashes were scheduled tobe interred on March 2 forced the cancellation of theinterment. HOBS purchased the plot earlier this yearwithout consulting the estate, a development that theestate’s attorney says triggered the dispute.The ashes, along with a headstone provided by theU.S. Veterans Administration recognizing Kameny’smilitary service during World War II and a separatemarker inscribed with Kameny’s famous slogan “Gayis Good” have languished in storage at the cemeterysince shortly after the interment was cancelled.But in a surprise development on Wednesday,
Williams, disclosed in an email to the estate andHOBS that HOBS never had legal ownership rights tothe Kameny plot because it failed to pay the balanceon the purchase price.“Because it had a balance, no deed was issued forthe site to HOBS,” Williams said in his email.“I propose we issue the deed directly to theestate (copy to HOBS) showing proof of ownership,”he wrote. “The estate would also need to sign anauthorization of interment, which can be done at thesame time. Then, we can replace the two stones instorage that we also have onsite and proceed with aprivate interment,” Williams wrote.Glen Ackerman, an attorney representing the estate
his will as the main beneﬁciary of the estate, said theestate has accepted Williams’ proposal.
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Democrats poisedto endorse marriageKameny’s ashesremain in storage
said the vote on including marriageequality in the Democratic Party platform was unanimous.
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