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New York Same-Sex Marriage
Alright alright, it’s not about Borderstan, nor is it even about our humble District, but the big news this weekend came from a bit North and it seemed irresponsible to ignore it. After years of debate, New York is finally allowing same-sex marriage, becoming the largest state in the country to do so. All but one Democrat and even four Republicans in the state Senate voted in favor of the bill, which passed by a slim 33 to 29 margin. New York becomes the sixth state to allow same-sex marriage, joining Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont — and of course, the District of Columbia. Check out the The New York Times for more information. Oh… if you live in Rhode Island or Maryland, those states will recognize your same-sex marriage from another state, but you cannot get married in either of them.
U Street Happenings
Cheers to U Street Girl for some more great news about new openings in the U Street NW corridor! Lost Society will soon be opening in a long vacant building at 14th and U Streets NW (look for Alejandra’s review this week). Who’s excited for a new roof deck in town? And we mentioned last week that Teaism is opening a fourth District location at 12th and U Streets NW, though the date of its opening is still TBD. How many new places can we pack in?
Food Bank Falling on Hard Times
Maybe it’s just me, but I found this info from DCist rather unsettling. Due to budget cuts, which included the federal government cutting significant funding for food assistance programs, the Capital Area Food Bank will actually start to charge its members for produce. The change will take place on July 1. Here’s hoping something changes to allow the Food Bank to continue to assist the poor in the District.
Are You a Crafty Bastard?
We hope you are. The Crafty Bastard Arts and Crafts fair is coming back to town on October 1, 2011 in Adams Morgan. If you’ve never been, you’re in for a treat, and you can find out more about it on the Washington City Paper website. The City Paper is putting out the call for vendors, so if you’d like to participate, apply with them by July 4. Of course, we’ll all look forward to seeing the full fair in a few months.