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Washingtonblade.com - Volume 43, Issue 38 - September 20, 2013

Washingtonblade.com - Volume 43, Issue 38 - September 20, 2013

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Washingtonblade.com - Volume 43, Issue 38 - September 20, 2013
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Responding to criticism, courtexpands staff to accommodatepost-DOMA marriage surge
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
The D.C. Superior Court announced last weekthat it has increased its staff and added twoadditional rooms for its Marriage Bureau to meeta sudden increase in demand for marriage licensesand courthouse weddings from same-sex couples.Among other things, a court official said one of the additional rooms would be used to interviewapplicants seeking a marriage license and the otherwould be used to perform wedding ceremonies.Court observers, including gay and lesbiancouples applying for marriage licenses, told theBlade last week that applicants often had to waitbetween two and three hours in a single packedwaiting room to have their applications processed.Others said couples requesting to get married atthe courthouse had to wait at least two months fortheir ceremony to be scheduled.“When we realized that our current staffing andspace did not accommodate the recent demand forour services, we added staff and converted space tomeet the need,” said Duane Delaney, the Clerk of the Superior Court.In a statement released on Friday shortly after theBlade’s report chronicling the delays, Delaney saidin the last two months the court saw the number of people applying for a marriage license more thandouble.Court spokesperson Leah Gurowitz told the Bladethat the budget sequestration imposed by Congressresulted in a hiring freeze on the federally fundedD.C. courts since April 1. She said the additional staff members assigned to the Marriage Bureau have been
Russian President
 VLADIMIR PUTIN
is under fire for his anti-gay policies, but lesbian Russian athlete
ELVINA YUVAKAEVA
says the government recognizes her LGBT group, which is planning a first-ever LGBT sports competition in Moscow next year.
PUTIN PHOTO COURTESY OF WWW.KREMLIN.RU VIA WIKIMEDIA; YUVAKAEVA PHOTO COURTESY OF YUVAKAEVA
State Dept. brings leaderof Moscow LGBT sportsgroup to U.S.
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
In a little-noticed development,the U.S. Embassy in Moscow lastmonth selected one of the leadersof a Russian LGBT sports group toparticipate in a sports exchangeprogram in the U.S. organized bythe State Department.Lesbian athlete Elvina Yuvakaeva,co-president of the Russian LGBTSport Federation, arrived inWashington last week with a five-member delegation of Russiansworking on the 2014 WinterOlympics set to take place in Sochi,Russia Feb. 7-23.Under the State Department’sInternational Visitor LeadershipProgram, Yuvakaeva and theRussian delegation will visit severalcities to meet with professional U.S.sports teams and organizers of pastOlympics games in Atlanta and SaltLake City. The meetings are aimedat providing information helpful
SEPTEMBER 20 2013 VOLUME 44 ISSUE 38 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
 CONTINUES ON PAGE 14
HATE CRIME?
Two women await trialin beating of drag performercaptured on video.
PAGE 4
14TH AND NEW
A look at the condos,shops and restaurantsopening on 14th Street.
PAGES 25-30
REMEMBERINGSEAN
Memorial service plannedfor AIDS activist and‘Real World’ alum Sean Sasser.
PAGE 6
 CONTINUES ON PAGE 12
D.C.’s growing demand for gay weddings
Russian lesbian athlete:‘We are visible to our government’
 
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