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washingtonblade.com - volume 43, issue 3 - january 20, 2012

washingtonblade.com - volume 43, issue 3 - january 20, 2012

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JANUARY 20 2012 VOLUME 43 ISSUE 03 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
• WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
Murphy became seventh outlawmaker in state legislature
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — When Maryland Del. PeterMurphy (D-Charles County) publicly confirmed thathe is gay in an interview last year with the WashingtonBlade, he became the seventh out member of thelegislature, the most of any state in the country.His disclosure came while the legislature wasconsidering a bill to legalize same-sex marriage andshortly after the State Senate approved the bill. The
measure died a short time later when supportersdetermined they didn’t have the votes to pass it in
the House of Delegates and chose to send it backto committee.Murphy says he would have voted for it thenand plans to vote for it this year when the bill isexpected to come before lawmakers again.In an interview with the Blade this week at hislegislative office in Annapolis, Murphy said his longrecord of support for family-related policies and hisrole as the father of two daughters, a grandfather,and former foster parent speak volumes to hisphilosophy as a lawmaker and as a person.That background and his longstanding roots inCharles County have made it clear that his strongsupport for same-sex marriage and a transgenderrights bill doesn’t conflict with the interests of his constituents, Murphy said. To the contrary,he said supporting marriage equality and non-discrimination for all people is a plus for his districtand all sections of the state, especially LGBTresidents and their families who often must grapplewith issues of discrimination.“This bill is not about me or people my age. I’m62 years old and I’m living my life,” Murphy said of the marriage bill.“This bill is for every young person that strugglesevery day with his or her sexuality, goes to bed
every night and cries, goes to school scared to
death and wonders – wonders – what their life canbe like,” he said.
 CONTINUES ON PAGE 12 CONTINUES ON PAGE 14
‘People couldn’t have been kinder... And not just my colleagues butlobbyists and staff,’ Maryland Del.
PETER MURPHY 
said about the
reaction to his coming out last year in a Blade interview.
WASHINGTON BLADE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY 
Md. gay delegate speaksout on marriage, family
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PAGE 17
Ugandan official says anti-gay
measure ‘not being reconsidered’
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
Uganda’s ambassador to the United States blasted the
head of the United Negro College Fund for sending him an“incendiary” letter last week asking him to discuss an anti-homosexuality bill introduced in the Uganda Parliament inhis scheduled speech at a Martin Luther King Day eventsponsored by the Fund.Ambassador Perezi K. Kamunanwire responded to thatletter by withdrawing as keynote speaker at the King Dayevent, held Monday morning in Greenbelt, Md. In his ownletter, he said United Negro College Fund president andCEO, Michael L. Lomax, “blindsided and startled” himwith Lomax’s Jan. 12 letter raising the issue of the anti-homosexuality bill.
In addition, Kamunanwire claims in the letter that theUgandan Parliament is not planning to reconsider a bill that
would impose the death penalty for homosexual acts.The ambassador, a former college professor who hastaught at U.S. universities, said in his letter that he hadbeen invited to speak on education-related issues at theKing Day event.Lomax said in his letter to Kamunanwire that he raisedthe issue of reports of anti-gay persecution in Uganda afterreceiving an inquiry from the Washington Blade and othersasking why his organization invited a Ugandan official tospeak at a King Day commemoration.
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