Supportive candidates lead ﬁeld inhost of November races
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.email@example.com
Nearly all candidates supportive on LGBT issuesare expected to win their races in the Nov. 6 electionfor seven seats on the D.C. City Council, the city’snon-voting seat in Congress and ﬁve seats on theD.C. school board.But LGBT activists say they are joining fellowcitizens across the city in watching with concern theunfolding ethics-related questions surrounding D.C.Council member Michael Brown (I-At-Large), a long-time friend and supporter of the LGBT community.Revelations this month that more than $113,000 havegone missing from Brown’s 2012 campaign coffers anda Washington Post report that Brown had his driver’slicense suspended ﬁve times over the past eight yearsdue to trafﬁc violations have fueled speculation thatBrown’s re-election bid could be in jeopardy.The fact that his main opponent, David Grosso, isalso supportive on LGBT issues prompted Gay andLesbian Activists Alliance Vice President Rick Rosendallto note that D.C.’s LGBT community has been blessedwith highly supportive political candidates and electedofﬁcials for the past 20 years or longer.“It’s a luxury to be choosing between LGBT-friendlycandidates,” he said. “It’s a luxury to have to chooseamong friends. Here in D.C., most candidates are gayfriendly. We should remember how lucky we are.”Two openly gay candidates are running for seatsthis year on the D.C. State Board of Education. Oneof them, Dupont Circle Advisory NeighborhoodCommissioner Jack Jacobson, is running unopposedfor the Ward 2 Board of Education seat.Longtime Ward 8 gay rights and community activistPhil Pannell is making a second try at capturing theWard 8 school board seat. Pannell ran and lost hisbid for the seat last year in a special election after theincumbent died. Pannell is running against his formeropponent and now incumbent Trayon “Tray” White,who has received the backing of Ward 8 Council
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OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
High court may take upDOMA, Prop 8 cases;announcement expectednext week
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
All eyes will be on the U.S. SupremeCourt next week when it could announcewhether it will take up high-proﬁle caseschallenging the Defense of Marriage Actand California’s Proposition 8 — and theresults of those decisions could have animmediate impact on the marriage rightsof same-sex couples.On Monday, justices are scheduled tohold their ﬁrst conference to decide casesthey will consider when they reconvene inOctober following their summer recess.Among the cases docketed for this meetingis federal litigation challenging Prop 8, nowknown as Hollingsworth v. Perry, and one of the cases challenging Section 3 of DOMA,Windsor v. United States.Justices can decide to take up a case,decline to hear it or put off the decisionon considering the lawsuit for a futureconference. It takes a vote of four justicesto grant a writ of certiorari (to take up acase) but the decision will be put off if anyone justice wants more time to decide.The decision on the Prop 8 case isof particular note because if the courtdecides against taking up the case andlets stand an appeals court decisionagainst the same-sex marriage ban, gaycouples would once again have the rightto marry in the nation’s most populousstate immediately following a mandatefrom the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals.But if the Supreme Court decides totake up the case, the ban would remainin effect until the justices make their own
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Gay and lesbian couples have been marrying in a handful of states for years but withoutfederal beneﬁts or recognition of their unions. Will couples soon be celebrating again? TheSupreme Court could take on several related cases after it returns next week.
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D.C.’s gay-friendly election
Attorney ﬁghting to repealCalif. marriage ban isalso assisting Romney’spresidential campaign.
Phasefest returns thisweek, offering safe spacefor queer bands likeClinical Trials, Hunter Valentine.