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Washingtonblade.com - Volume 44, Issue 30 - July 26, 2013

Washingtonblade.com - Volume 44, Issue 30 - July 26, 2013

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Washingtonblade.com - Volume 44, Issue 30 - July 26, 2013
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Couple wed on BWI tarmac pleas withGov. Kasich to let their marriage stand
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Two days after a judge issued a court order requiring his home state to recognize hismarriage, James Obergefell is still blown away by the media attention he and his dyingspouse, John Arthur, have received after they spent $13,500 to wed in Maryland and sueOhio to recognize the union.During an interview with the Washington Blade on Wednesday from his home inCincinnati, Obergefell called the experience of flying to Maryland to marry his partnerof 20 years, returning home to sue for marriage recognition and having the court orderhis state to recognize it “surreal and honestly, kind of hard to believe.”“Just the reaction that we received worldwide was touching and amazing. But thenfor it to turn into this?” Obergefell said. “We’re blown away, we’re thrilled and happy toshow the world that we’re people too. We’re just like your neighbors, just like your kids.All we want is exactly what you have.”
JAMES OBERGEFELL
(left) and
JOHN ARTHUR
aboard the plane where they weremarried earlier this month at BWI Airport. Arthur suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease.
PHOTO COURTESY OF OBERGEFELL
‘Tentative agreement’ could clear wayfor interment of activist’s ashes
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
An attorney representing the estate of nationallyacclaimed gay rights pioneer Frank Kameny saidon Wednesday that a “tentative agreement” hasbeen reached to end a dispute that has preventedKameny’s ashes from being interred at D.C.’sCongressional Cemetery nearly two years after hisdeath.Christopher Brown, an attorney with the gay-owned law firm Ackerman Brown, said the tentativeagreement was reached on July 9 with Helping OurBrothers and Sisters (HOBS), a local LGBT charitablegroup that bought a plot for the burial of Kameny’sashes at Congressional Cemetery after solicitingdonations from the community to pay for it followingKameny’s death on Oct. 11, 2011.Brown’s comment came one day after AckermanBrown’s client, Timothy Clark, Kameny’s longtimefriend and heir to his estate, told the Blade that heunderstood that an agreement between the twoparties over the cemetery plot had been reached.“We reached an agreement on that so I’m goingto keep the burial plot,” Clark said in a telephoneinterview.“I just have to decide on when I want to havesomething,” he said in referring to a burial ceremonyat the cemetery. “I just don’t know. But I’m opento any suggestions that anybody wants to havebecause that was Frank’s life. The gay communitywas Frank’s life. That’s what he fought for.”HOBS and a group of Kameny’s friends andcolleagues in the LGBT rights movement initiallyscheduled an interment ceremony for Kameny atthe cemetery for March 3, 2012. But they abruptlycancelled it after the estate reportedly told thecemetery it would not release Kameny’s ashes untilit obtained legal ownership of the burial plot fromHOBS.For more than a year, HOBS and Ackerman Brownhave declined to publicly disclose specific details of the nature of the dispute between the two parties overthe burial plot other than to say they were negotiatingan agreement to enable HOBS to transfer ownership
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