This afternoon, I joined on a conference call that was a who’s who of LGBT bloggers to discuss marriage equality in DC. Represented on the call were Michael Crawford of Freedom to Marry, Pam’s House Blend, David Badash, Sean Bugg & Chris Geitner of Metro Weekly, and Destination DC, just to name a few.
Widely anticipated, tomorrow will be the first day that marriage licenses will be afforded to same-sex couples. On December 15, 2009, the DC City Council passed into law the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Act. Today, the 30 day congressional review period ends. Tomorrow same-sex couples can apply for marriage license. And starting next Tuesday, those couples can legally wed here in the nation’s capital.
Also on the call were Angelisa Young and Sinjolya Townsend, an African-American lesbian couple who will be one of the first couples to marry. Angelisa and Sinjolya have been together for twelve years, having first met in a constitutional law class. How appropriate. They had a commitment ceremony back in 2005.
Angelisa said she plans to dance on the court step after getting her marriage license tomorrow. They will be one of the first to have their ceremony on March 9th. It will be at the Human Rights Campaign Building.
Cuc Vu and her partner Gwen Migita, an Asian-Pacific lesbian couple, were also on the call. They plan to marry shortly as well.
One of the highlights of the call was when Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton got on the line. She said she didn’t know what the Supreme Court would do. Having exhausted every legal avenue to stop marriage equality, Bishop Harry Jackson and his supporters filed an 11th hour appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court asking them to halt tomorrow’s issuance of marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
The Congresswoman also mentioned that the U.S. Senate was the main problem because “anyone can bring an amendment to the floor at anytime.” Rep. Norton went on to say that “they [the Senate] don’t have any rules.” Actually, the Senate does have rules; it’s just a different set than those in the House of Representatives.
She also said that no one in the House would be willing to take any risks now because of the political winds. And she concluded with “Last year everybody had Obama-fever! Now, no one knows where it went to.”
All in all, it was a great conversation. And I not only look forward to seeing loving couples finally get married, but also watching straight couples’ marriages fall apart because of it (that was a joke, folks).
Below are a few couples who will be among the first to get married.
Angelisa Young and Sinjolya Townsend
Angelisa and Sinjolya, both African-American females, will be married at HRC Equality Forum on March 9th in the presence of family and friends. Angelisa (age 47) and Sinjolya (age 41) have been together for 13 years and have two children ages 21 and 25. They both work for DC government and are long-time residents of the District.
Cuc Vu and Gwen Migita
Cuc Vu, an Asian Pacific American woman and Gwen Migita, an Asian Pacific Islander, will be married in a non-denominational ceremony. Cuc (age 39) and Gwen (age 38) have been together since October 2008 and are long-time residents of the District.
Aisha C. Mills and Danielle A. Moodie
Aisha Mills (32), an African American woman who is president of the Campaign for All D.C. Families and her fiancé Danielle Moodie (30), a Jamaican American woman who works for Mayor Bloomberg of New York’s Washington, D.C. Office of Federal Affairs, will be married in August at an interfaith ceremony on Long Island. The couple, who live in Columbia Heights, have been together for 6 years. They will be applying for their license on March 3rd and are in the midst of wedding preparations.
Reginald (Reggie) Stanley and Rocky Galloway
Reggie and Rocky, both African-American males, are long time residents of the district. They are both 50 years old and have two children, Malena and Zoe Stanley-Galloway, that are each 15 months old. They will be married at HRC Equality Forum on March 9th. Participating in the ceremony will be their two children, Jim Cullion (the best man) and Cherrie McCoy (the best woman).
Rick A. Imirowicz and Terrance Heath
Rick Imirowicz, a forty-three year old Caucasian male, will be marrying Terrance Heath, a forty-one year old African-American male. Rick is a doctor and practices Catholicism, while Terrance practices Buddhism. They are long-time District residents, have been together for 10 years and have two children