by Borderstan.com June 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm 0

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Cobalt Manager Mark Rutstein raised the LGBT flag after this morning’s Supreme Court decisions were announced. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Today the U.S. Supreme Court announced decisions that push forward rights for gay Americans: DOMA the federal Defense of Marriage Act, that denies legally married gay Americans a series of health, pension and tax benefits otherwise available to married couples was found unconstitutional; and California Proposition 8, a ban on same-sex marriage, was not reviewed (which is good news in this case).

From Metroweekly: “In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the Defense of Marriage Act defining marriage as between a man and a woman as a violation of the Fifth Amendment. In another 5-4 decision, the high court dismissed the Proposition 8 case on standing, meaning same-sex marriages will resume in California.”

Last March supporters and opponents packed the steps of the Supreme Court when the justices heard oral arguments.

In the neighborhood, Cobalt (17th and R NW) opened at noon in anticipation of early revelers. It should be interesting to see 17th Street, and the neighborhood in general, is a merrier place tonight.

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by Borderstan.com March 27, 2013 at 7:09 am 0

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A Mount Pleasant supporter of same-sex marriage in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. Click above for more photos. (Luis Gomez Photos)

See photos from Tuesday taken in front of the U.S. Supreme Court.

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos, email him at luis[AT]bordersan.

This week  the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on two cases related to marriage equality in the United States. California’s Proposition 8 (officially Hollingsworth v. Perry) came before the Court yesterday.

Today justices will hear arguments on the 1996 federal Defense of Marriage Act (the case is officially United States v. Windsor). The law officially established marriage as between one man one woman for federal legal purposes; each state sets its own marriage laws.

United for Marriage has invited supporters to rally outside of the Supreme Court again today at 8:30 am.

Details and Wrap-ups

  • What happened Tuesday regarding Proposition 8? Two local LGBT publications are covering the Court proceedings this week. MetroWeekly also has a good review of what happened yesterday, and the Washington Blade has several stories on the cases.
  • Another great place to get details and summaries is at SCOTUSblog, sponsored by Bloomberg Law. You can also follow their reporters on Twitter. Here’s an end-of-day recap from one of SCOTUSblog’s reporters.
  • The New York Times’ Nate Silver has a piece on his FiveThirtyEight blog about the changing attitudes in America toward same-sex marriage (support has and is growing rapidly), and how rulings by the Supreme Court might affect future activism and support on the issue.
  • A June ruling by the justices in both cases is thought likely.

The Scene Outside

The front steps and grounds of the Supreme Court building were packed on Tuesday with supporters and opponents of same-sex marriage. Numerous people carried signs and chanted for or against what has become a historical moment for same-sex marriage.

Current State Laws

The District of Columbia is one of 10 U.S. states or jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry; the others are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Iowa and Washington. Rhode Island and New Mexico recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Illinois and Minnesota may pass marriage equality laws in the near future.

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by Borderstan.com March 26, 2013 at 6:30 am 0

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The Supreme Court will hear arguments on two cases related to marriage equality. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Today and tomorrow, March 26 and 27, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on two cases related to marriage equality. California’s Proposition 8 goes before the court on Tuesday; the Defense of Marriage Act will be heard on Wednesday. Both cases will shape the future of gay equality marriage in the United States.

There are a series of events and rallies organized to gather support. The front entrance of the Supreme Court is at 1 First Street NE.

The District of Columbia is one of 10 U.S. states or jurisdictions where same-sex couples can marry; the others are Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Maryland, Iowa and Washington. Rhode Island and New Mexico recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages. Illinois and Minnesota may pass marriage equality laws in the near future.

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by Borderstan.com July 24, 2012 at 10:00 am 2,132 2 Comments

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Welcome to Borderstan, Justice Sotomayor! (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Kim Vu. He also has his own food blog, DC Wrapped Dates. Follow him at@dcwrappeddates or email him at kim[AT]borderstan.com.

Disclaimer: The following advice is completely tongue-in-cheek. Read accordingly.

If you didn’t pick up last week’s issue of Us Weekly, you might have missed the cover story touting Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor‘s recent two-bedroom condominium purchase, just off the U Street corridor. (Okay, so maybe the story wasn’t in Us Weekly, but it definitely was front page news.)

Are you a fun-employed recent law school graduate who wants to casually bump into Justice Sotomayor to pass her your resume for a clerkship? Are you a SCOTUS superfan who just needs a picture with Her Honor to complete your nonet? Are you Justice Sotomayor herself, and want some tips on what local haunts you just have to try? Never fear, all the above. We have just the guide for you! Here’s where you’ll find the Honorable Judge Sotomayor…

After Work for Happy Hour?

As a lifelong jurist, Justice Sotomayor is obviously a fan of truth (along with justice and the American Way). So where better to casually sip some wine to unwind after a long day of opening arguments than the Dupont Circle wine bar, Veritas? They even carry her favorite wine by the glass, an Australian Shinas Estate Shiraz, also known as “The Guilty.”

Knocking Back a Few Cold Ones?

While you may think that Justice Sotomayor would pass the bar at any number of Borderstan watering holes (the multiple choice answers on this bar exam also include Bar Pilar or Bar Dupont), you’d be surprised to learn she’s more likely to enjoy the wide beer selection at either Churchkey, or if that’s too visible, The Big Hunt. What can I say? She likes craft beer.

Seeing the Ramifications of Universal Healthcare?

While the Justice, herself, will probably not partake, nothing will reassure her of the necessity of her vote for the Affordable Care Act than seeing people take on the 9-pounder at BGR. If you’re wondering, the health-conscious Sotomayor opts for the veggie or the Greek with grilled asparagus while watching customers gorge themselves sick.

Missing the Big Apple?

When Justice Sotomayor gets a little nostalgic for the Big Apple, she’ll need to look no further than Dupont, where she can enjoy New York imports Boqueria and Shake Shack. Pizza? Maybe not New York style, but how about Pizzeria Paradiso, or the favorite of college students, MOlga’s? And bagels? Well… I have nothing for you there.

Just Another One of Us?

Sure, she could try and sneak a table at Estadio, or cut the line at El Centro, using her SCOTUS powers. But seeing her have to stand in line with the rest of us at 5:30 outside Little Serow? Or tapping her foot, waiting for her table number to finally come up at Pearl Dive Oyster Palace? Well that is pure justice, indeed.

Taking in Some Tunes?  

While the SCOTUS’s favorite music hall for dance parties is, of course, DC9 (where they all caught the recent Supreme Commander record release), the Honorable Ms. Sotomayor has long been a fan of 9:30 Club, ever since she caught a concert from her favorite band there last March (who else, but the French electronic duo, Justice? Even Supreme Court Justices know how to get down).

Still, she’s likely got a few more shows checked off on her calendar: Yeasayer (in celebration for all her recent votes), Bloc Party (with her left-leaning justices), Our Lady Peace, and Kimbra (even Justice Sotomayor can’t get that stupid Gotye song out of her head).

For the Girls’ Night Out?

Cafe Saint-Ex. Justices Ruth Ginsberg, Elena Kagan and Sotomayor just want to dance. Just stand in a circle around their shoes and their pocketbooks and just dance.

The lesson as always: Supreme Court Justices, they’re just like us! Welcome to Borderstan, Justice Sotomayor.

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