Jerame Davis

The good and the bad...

Filed By Jerame Davis | April 20, 2005 12:19 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, The Movement
Tags: District of Columbia, marriage, Massachusetts, pope, taxes

So the Catholics have a new pope. A new pope that's just as, or more, conservative than the last one. Great. Just what the world needs...More conservatism. But there is good news elsewhere!

The Washington Post reports today that couples who legally married in Massachusetts may file joint tax returns in the District of Columbia. Good news? Bad news? Well, it's definitely mixed. On the one hand, it's great that same-sex marriages are being recognized in other parts of the country. On the other hand, this could lead to more anti-gay backlash from the Republican controlled Congress.

If you don't already know, the District is one of the most bizarre places to live in this country. They have a municipal government, but Congress has authority over this government and could, in reality, dissolve it at any time it chooses. This is particularly vexing since the District has no voting representation in Congress. For more history on the District of Columbia check out DCVote.org or Wikpedia.

The other interesting fact about DC that is referenced in the article is that it is home to one of the largest concentrations of LGBT folks in the nation.

Now, add in the fact that DC is not a state and therefore technically exempt from the DenialOMA and you have all the makings of a great showdown. It should be interesting...Stay tuned for more.


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AUTHOR: Marla R. Stevens

DATE: 5/17/2005 05:54:47 AM

Sad to say, it couldn't last and didn't last, power being what it is and we being those who don't have it.Next time some lying RPE tries to claim that they're being run roughshod over by the Great Queer Political Machine, ask that, if we're so gol-darned powerful, why is it that we out queers are not Congressionally served by enough of us to make up statistical representation of the fraction of us the RPEs recognize as the totality us (out and quivering passing of us combined) -- and why even the mayor of one of the queerest per capita places on earth, Washington, D.C., felt it necessary to trade away recognition of our lawfully-entered-into marriages for Goddess only knows what paltry little bit of perceived safety in return?