N.C. couples bracefor May vote onsweeping marriage ban
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
For Shana Carignan and MeganParker Carignan, the passage of Amendment 1 in North Carolina wouldmean much more than a dashed dreamof walking down the aisle.The Greensboro, N.C., couplefaces the prospect of losing crucialdomestic partner beneﬁts they needto care for Jax, a four-year-old specialneeds child they adopted, as wellas for Mary, a special needs elderlywoman they’ve taken care of forabout seven years.Shana said “a lot of things areat stake” if Amendment 1 passesbecause her custody of Jax couldbe jeopardized if something shouldhappen to Megan, who legallyadopted the child.“There’s a good chance that Iwould not be in custody of him,”Shana said. “Even if we were to drawup guardianship papers, they’resaying that there’s risk that thisamendment would null and void itand that he would probably go backinto the foster care system in Texas.”Noting Jax has special needs,Shana said she doesn’t believe manyother families would be able to carefor the child should he be sent backto Texas.Moreover, Amendment 1 would
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mayor’s proposal toextend bar hours
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
Customers and owners of the city’sgay bars and nightclubs have joinedother city residents in discussing aproposal by Mayor Vincent Gray to allowestablishments serving liquor to stay openone hour later each night of the week.Gray surprised many of the city’s civicactivists and Advisory NeighborhoodCommission members by attaching theproposal to his ﬁscal year 2013 budgetrather than making it a freestanding bill.The proposal would allow bars,nightclubs, restaurants and hotels to extendthe time they may serve alcoholic beveragesfrom 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. during the week andfrom 3 a.m. to 4 a.m. on weekends.“I think there are probably some who like
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are very supportive of it. There are peoplewho say let’s make this a kind of city that hasa global and international feel.”According to Gray and the city’s chief ﬁnancial ofﬁcer, Natwar M. Gandhi,the proposal would yield a projectedadditional sales and excise tax revenue of $3.21 million for ﬁscal year 2013 and $12.84million over a four-year period. Graysaid the additional revenue would comeat a time when the city faces a possiblebudget shortfall that could result in cutsto important social services programs.
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MEGAN PARKER CARIGNAN
with their son
. The North Carolinacouple fears a proposed constitutional amendment would cost them crucial domestic partner beneﬁtsthey need to care for their child.
PHOTO BY JESSI BLAKELY; COURTESY OF THE COUPLE
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