Black couples tookpride in being firstto wed in D.C.
By JOEY DiGUGLIELMOjdiguglielmo@washblade.com
On the eve of this weekend’sBlack Pride festivities, the Bladechecked in with two of the firstsame-sex couples who wed herein March to find out how they’redoing now that the hoopla hassubsided, how they’ve fared asgay or lesbian couples amongtheir black friends and families,and get their thoughts on theimportance of Black Pride.Three of the first couples to wedin Washington on March 9, the first
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‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’compromise drawsmixed reactions
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.comEditor’s note:
House andSenate votes on repeal of ‘Don’tAsk, Don’t Tell’ were expected afterthe Blade’s print deadline. Visitwashingtonblade.com for updates.The legislative compromisethat “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repealsupporters in Congress unveiledthis week has inspired mixedreactions and led LGBT leadersto advocate for its passage evenas some expressed disappoint-ment over its shortcomings.Among those expressing dis-pleasure was Lt. Dan Choi, a gayU.S. Army infantry soldier who wasarrested twice for chaining himselfto the White House fence inprotest of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”In an interview with the Bladeon Monday, Choi said the pro-posal requires LGBT people tocompromise themselves withoutgetting much in return.“In a compromise, it’s insinuatedthat both sides have given some-thing, and I don’t see that,” he said.“So it’s too generous to call it that.It’s a delay and it’s asking us to fur-ther put our political agenda beforethe needs of the soldiers, and that’swho’s getting compromised.”Despite his disappointment inthe compromise language, Choisaid he didn’t want the measure tofail this week when it came beforeCongress. He noted that “it’s onlyone step” in the path for non-dis-crimination in the U.S. military andpeople should keep fighting.
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were married March 9at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters.
Photo by Joe Tresh
Looking back on the hoopla
Mission accomplished or another setback?
administration endorsed Monday a path to repeal the law that prohibits gays,lesbians and bisexuals from serving openly in the U.S. armed forces. But some criticized the compromisebecause it lacks a non-discrimination provision.
Photo by Pete Souza; courtesy of White House
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