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Washingtonblade.com - Volume 43, Issue 50 - December 14, 2012

Washingtonblade.com - Volume 43, Issue 50 - December 14, 2012

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5 questions to ponder as justicesprep for significant rulings on gay rights
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
In the wake of last week’s announcement that the Supreme Court will hear lawsuitschallenging California’s Proposition 8 and the Defense of Marriage Act, observersover the next several months will wait on pins and needles for what may be the mostsignificant ruling on LGBT rights in history.Here are five questions that advocates are pondering as they await decisions inHollingsworth v. Perry, the challenge to Prop 8, and Windsor v. United States, thelawsuit against DOMA.
1. Will the Supreme Court overturn same-sex marriage bans in all states?
By taking up the Prop 8 case, as opposed to letting stand a more narrow ruling fromthe U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals that applied only to California, the court has anopportunity to make a ruling that not only says the same-sex marriage ban in Californiais unconstitutional, but marriage bans in all states throughout the country are as well.David Boies, a co-counsel representing plaintiffs in the lawsuit on behalf of the
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By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced at a news conference Tuesday night that hehas appointed longtime gay activist Sterling Washington as the new director of theMayor’s Office of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Affairs.At the same news conference Gray announced the city has accepted a bid by theD.C. LGBT Community Center to rent store front space in the city’s Reeves Center,an eight-story office and retail building located in the heart of the 14th and U Streets,N.W., entertainment district.The mayor’s dual announcement drew applause from more than 50 LGBT activistswho assembled in the Reeves Center’s first floor atrium, steps away from the interiorentrance to the Center’s soon-to-be-opened offices.
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Mayor names newGLBT Affairs director
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Supreme Court to hear marriage cases
 
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