Stepfather makes appealfor witnesses to helppolice ﬁnd killer
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
More than 200 people turned out fora candlelight vigil Tuesday night at thesite of a Northeast Washington bus stopwhere transgender woman Deoni Jones,23, was fatally stabbed on Feb. 2 whilewaiting for a bus.Surrounded by family members andfriends, Jones’ stepfather, Alvin Bethea,made an emotional appeal for witnessesto come forward to identify a male suspectthat police believe stabbed Jones in theface about 8:15 p.m. at the bus stop at EastCapitol Street and Sycamore Road, N.E.“We suspect that the person who didthis lives in this community or hangs outin this community,” Bethea said. “Helpthe Metropolitan Police Department out… If anybody knows anything, pleasecontact them.”Bethea and other family members andfriends who spoke at the vigil througha bullhorn provided by a member of the police department’s Gay & LesbianLiaison Unit described Jones as warm andconsiderate, saying she lifted their spritsand made them laugh.Some, such as Bethea, referred to herby her birth name of JaParker or by hernickname Logan. All who spoke said they
FEBRUARY 10 2012 VOLUME 43 ISSUE 06 •
OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
Narrow scope of ruling may deterSupreme Court from taking case
By PHIL REESEpreese@washblade.com
In a two-to-one decision, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appealsruled this week that Proposition 8 is unconstitutional in a federal casechallenging California’s same-sex marriage ban.The opinion, authored by Judge Stephen Reinhardt, afﬁrms Judge Vaughn Walker’s 2010 ruling that the law approved by California votersat the ballot violates the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendmentto the U.S. Constitution because it “serves no purpose, and has noeffect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays andlesbians in California, and to ofﬁcially reclassify their relationships andfamilies as inferior to those of opposite-sex couples.”
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REPORTERS GRILL WHITE HOUSE OVER PROP 8PAGE 16ROMNEY ASSAILS COURT’S DECISIONPAGE 16
declared, ‘The time is now’ for gay couples to win the right to marry.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY
Court strikes down Calif. marriage ban
Three big wins foranti-gay GOP candidatecomplicate frontrunnerRomney’s path to nom.
Vigil for slain transwoman draws 200
A New Phase
Nation’s oldest lesbianbar opens new locationin Dupont Circlethis weekend.