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Washingtonblade.com, Volume 45, Issue 6, February 7, 2014

Washingtonblade.com, Volume 45, Issue 6, February 7, 2014

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As oral arguments unfold, high hopes for a Supreme victory
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
In a high-profile case that many court observers predict could reach the U.S. Supreme Court, a federal judge in Norfolk,  Va., this week heard oral arguments in a lawsuit that challenges Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban.Ted Olson and David Boies, who successfully argued against California’s Proposition 8 before the U.S. Supreme Court, told Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the U.S. District for the Eastern District of Virginia the commonwealth’s constitutional amendment that defines marriage as between a man and a woman violates the 14th Amendment. The two men represent Timothy Bostic and Tony London of Norfolk and Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield who filed suit against the gay nuptials ban last year.“As a proud Virginian, I am gratified to represent two loving couples in my home state who want nothing more than to have the state recognize their relationships,” said Olson. “Virginia’s prohibition on marriage for same-sex couples relegates gay and lesbian Virginians to second-class status. Laws excluding gay men and lesbians from marriage violate personal freedom, are an unnecessary government intrusion, and cause serious harm. That type of law cannot stand.”Attorney General Mark Herring, who announced last month he would not defend the marriage amendment, is among those who attended the hearing.“Today was a very significant day in the journey toward full equality under the law for all Virginians,” said Herring in a statement after he left the courthouse. “I am proud to say that the commonwealth of Virginia stood on the right side of the law and the right side of history today in opposing this discriminatory ban.”
No early LGBT protests; security concerns, infrastructure problems mount
By MICHAEL K. LAVERSmlavers@washblade.com
As the world’s attention turns to the Sochi Olympic Games, there’s as much buzz about LGBT rights and terrorism fears as medal counts.Early reports suggest Russia isn’t ready for the games, with attendees tweeting images of incomplete hotel rooms and failing infrastructure. Meanwhile, LGBT advocates from the United States began arriving in Sochi, with at least one reporting that, so far, there have been no early signs of LGBT protests.Athlete Ally founder Hudson Taylor told the Washington Blade in an exclusive interview from Sochi on Wednesday that he has thus far seen little evidence of LGBT advocacy in the city ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics.“Many of the athletes we are working with are just getting here and getting their bearings,” he told Blade contributor Kevin Majoros during a telephone interview.Taylor, a former college wrestler who coaches the sport at Columbia
FEBRUARY 07 2014 VOLUME 45 ISSUE 06
 CELEBRATING 45 YEARS AS AMERICA’S GAY NEWS SOURCE
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FAMILY TRADITION
Son of Prop 8 plaintiffsstays active in LGBT work as GWU freshman.
PAGE 6
JASMINE’S WORLD
Actress Jasmine Guybrings Harlem Renaissancetribute to D.C. area.
PAGE 29PAGES 25-26
 CONTINUES ON PAGE 14
Russian President
 VLADIMIR PUTIN
 welcomed the world to Sochi this week amid growing concerns over terrorism threats and problems with Olympic hotels and venues.
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