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washingtonblade.com - volume 41 - issue 38 - september 17 2010

washingtonblade.com - volume 41 - issue 38 - september 17 2010

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washingtonblade.com • vol. 41, issue 38 • september 17, 2010 • Still sharp after 40 years
ready torock
Annual Phaseestshowcases talentedqueer musiciansthis weekend.
Judge delays civiltrial in Robert Wonemurder case, citingjuror vacations.
Dana Beyer alls shortin her bid to makehistory as out translawmaker in Maryland.
But mayor carriesprecincts with highconcentrations ofLGBT voters
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.co
The large contingent oLGBT activists that backed CityCouncil Chair Vincent Gray’scandidacy or mayor called hisvictory in Tuesday’s Democraticprimary a highly positive de-velopment and predicted Graywould emerge as one the city’smost gay-supportive mayors.But early election returnsshowed that Mayor Adrian Fen-ty won in most o the voter pre-cincts with a high concentrationo LGBT residents.Final but unofcial returnsreleased early Wednesday bythe D.C. Board o Elections andEthics showed Gray deeatingFenty by a margin o 53 percentto 46 percent.Jerey Richardson, presi-dent o the Gertrude Stein Dem-ocratic Club, the city’s largestLGBT political group that en-dorsed Gray, said many activ-ists avored Gray because hedemonstrated a stronger com-mitment to work with and listento the problems and concernso the LGBT community.“What I believe happened isVince Gray resonated with andconnected with the idea that wenot only need a mayor who is go-ing to bring us results but whohas a heart or the communityand has shown that heart andis willing to be connected to thecommunity and to hear rom thecitizenry,” said Richardson.Both Gray and Fenty havestrong records o support onLGBT issues. Gray voted orand Fenty signed the city’s his-toric same-sex marriage law.
Activists hail Gray’s stunning win over Fenty
D.C. Council Chairman
Vincent Gray
deeated incumbent Mayor Adrian Fenty by a comortable margin this week.
Washington Blade photo by Michael Key
Ready to vote on ‘Don’t Ask’
Tensions mount as Senateprepares to debate repeal
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.co
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) hasannounced plans to proceed with major deensebudget legislation containing “Don’t Ask, Don’tTell” repeal language as questions linger aboutwhether there are enough votes to move orward.Reid ofcially announced plans to proceedwith the fscal year 2011 deense authorization billand “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” on Tuesday during hispress conerence in the U.S. Capitol.The majority leader said the deense authori-zation bill is “especially important” this year be-cause the legislation will be a vehicle to addressissues that he called “long overdue,” including“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”“I think we should choose common sense overdiscrimination,” Reid said. “We’re going to matchour policy with our principles and fnally say that inour country, everyone who steps up to serve ourcountry should be welcome.”Still, Reid acknowledged opposition in movingorward with the legislation and said he thinks hewould have to fle cloture to proceed with the bill.“I would hope we can move to it without havingto fle cloture on a motion to proceed, but the waythings have been going, having had to fle clotureon flibuster to more than 100 dierent pieces olegislation, I probably will have to fle cloture onthat,” Reid said.Jim Manley, a Reid spokesperson, told the
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