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Washingtonblade.com - Volume 43, Issue 26 - June 29, 2012

Washingtonblade.com - Volume 43, Issue 26 - June 29, 2012

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LGBT newspaper in Washington D.C.
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Majority of lawmakerssupport state law;Cummings ‘on a journey’
 
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.lchibbaro@washblade.com
Maryland’s two Democratic senators and five of itseight members of the U.S. House of Representativeseither support or won’t oppose the state’s same-sex marriage law, which will go before voters in areferendum on Nov. 6.In response to a Washington Blade survey, theoffices of Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), BenjaminCardin (D-Md.), Reps. Donna Edwards, Steny Hoyer,John Sarbanes, and Chris Van Hollen – all Democrats– said the lawmakers strongly support the same-sexmarriage law.Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), whose districtincludes Baltimore City, said in a statement releasedWednesday, “The Maryland Legislature has spoken. Irespect its decision and will not oppose it. It’s now upto the voters to decide whether to uphold the law.”The state’s remaining three House members,Republicans Roscoe Bartlett and Andy Harris andDemocrat C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, did notrespond to the Blade’s inquiries seeking their positionon the marriage law.Bartlett, who has represented a district in WesternMaryland considered to be the most conservativeand Republican-leaning part of the state, received a“0” rating on LGBT-related issues from the HumanRights Campaign in the 111th Congress spanningthe years 2009-2010. HRC doesn’t release its ratingsfor the current Congress spanning 2011-2012 untilSeptember or October.Harris, who represents the Republican-leaningEastern Shore section of the state, is serving in hisfirst term, after defeating Democratic Rep. FrankKratovil in the 2010 election. HRC won’t have a ratingfor him until it releases its 2012 ratings later this year.Ruppersberger, considered a moderate Democrat,represents a district that includes the Baltimoresuburbs and surrounding counties. LGBT activists in
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OUR COMMUNITY, OUR STORIES SINCE 1969
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5 potential candidates haverecords hostile to LGBT rights
By CHRIS JOHNSONcjohnson@washblade.com
Amid the media frenzy over who Republicanpresidential candidate Mitt Romney will select ashis running mate, one thing is clear: the leadingcandidates’ positions on LGBT issues range frombad to downright hostile.The Washington Blade examined the records of five prospective vice presidential candidates to seewhere they stand on LGBT issues: former MinnesotaGov. Tim Pawlenty, U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio),U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan(R-Wis.) and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Each of thepotential choices has views on LGBT rights similarto Romney’s, who says he opposes marriage rightsfor gay couples, but also opposes discrimination —without backing any particular measure to protectLGBT people from discrimination.One pick that is receiving considerable mediaattention is Pawlenty, who was a Republicanpresidential contender early on before he droppedout of the race after his poor showing in the IowaAmes straw poll. There is media speculation that he
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Republican presidential candidate
MITT ROMNEY 
’s leading runningmate contenders have amassed dismal records on LGBT rights.
WASHINGTON BLADE FILE PHOTO BY MICHAEL KEY 
ChattyCathy
Police Chief Lanier talkshate crimes, domesticviolence and putting theGLLU ‘out of business.’
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Reichen and Rodineywere among thosecelebrating NYC Pridelast weekend.
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Maryland congressionaldelegation backs marriage
Romney’s veep options,from bad to worse
 
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JULY 24, 2012
RETURN TO LISNER
HIV
FORUM
LISNER AUDITORIUM
730 21ST STREET, NW
| 6:30 PM
www.whitman-walker.org/returntolisner
IN APRIL 1983,
 
Whitman-Walker organized the
rst community forum on HIV/AIDS in DC at Lisner
 Auditorium. In honor of the 2012 International AIDS Conference, we return to Lisner for a new forum.
Please join us for this historic event.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE BY 
the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington.
COMMUNITY CO-SPONSORS
 AIDS 2012 Reunion
 
 
 AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth & Families
 
 
The AIDS Institute
 
 
 AIDS United
 
 
 All Souls Unitarian
 
 
 American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)
 
 
Bet Mishpachah
 
 
Brother, Help Thyself
 
 
Burgundy Crescent Volunteers
 
 
Capital Area
Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce
 
 
Capital Pride
 
 
Children’s National MedicalCenter-APEP
 
 
CMS Health Initiatives
 
 
Community Education Group
 
 
Cornerstone
 
 
Damien Ministries
 
 
The DC Center
 
 
DC Log Cabin Republicans
 
 
Dignity Washington
 
 
Food & Friends
 
 
Foundry United Methodist Church
 
 
Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington
 
 
Gay Men’s Health Crisis
 
 
Gertrude Stein Democrats
 
 
Gay and Lesbian Medical Association
 
 
HealthHIV
 
 
Heart to Hand
 
 
HIV Working Group
 
 
HOPE DC
 
 
Human
Rights Campaign
 
 
Inova Juniper Program
 
 
International Association of Physicians in
HIV/AIDS Care
 
 
La Clinica Del Pueblo
 
 
Mautner Project
 
 
Metropolitan Community
Church-DC
 
 
Metro Teen AIDS
 
 
N Street Village
 
 
National Association of People with
 AIDS
 
 
The National Coalition for LGBT Health
 
 
National Gay and Lesbian Taskforce
 
 
National Minority AIDS Council
 
 
PETS DC
 
 
PFLAG of DC
 
 
Promising Futures / 
Streetwize Foundation
 
 
Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL)
 
 
START at
Westminster
 
 
Team DC
 
 
Transgender Health Empowerment Inc.
 
 
Unity Health Care 
 
Us Helping Us, People Into Living
 
 
Washington AIDS Partnership
KEYNOTE
Jeanne White-Ginder,
 
mother of Ryan White
PANELISTS
A. Cornelius Baker
, Senior Communications Advisor & ProjectDirector, FHI 360
Regan Hofmann,
Editor in Chief, POZ magazine
JoAnne Keatley,
Director of the Center of Excellence forTransgender Health, University of California-SF
Robert Redfield,
Chief of Infectious Diseases & Directorof the HIV program, University of Maryland
Adam Tenner,
Executive Director, Metro Teen AIDS
Phill Wilson,
President & CEO, Black AIDS Institute
Jose Zuniga,
President, International Associationof Physicians in AIDS Care.
 
WASHINGTONBLADE.COM
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