David Catania on how minorities, people of faith moved same-sex marriage forward

When D.C. Councilmember and alum David Catania (I-At Large, SFS ’90, LAW ’94) gave a speech at Georgetown in March of last year, he talked about same-sex marriage as an “undying civil rights” issue that he hoped to make progress on. What a difference a year makes: Yesterday, Catania was back on campus, discussing the […]

Gay couple to wed today in Georgetown’s Ben & Jerry’s

Same-sex couples have been exchanging vows all over the District since D.C. first began to issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples on Tuesday—in gardens, in courthouses, in the office of the Human Rights Campaign, and even in Hello Cupcake. And today, a Georgetown establishment is going to be the site of a same-sex […]

Setting itself apart, Georgetown church will celebrate same-sex marriages

As dozens of other churches in the District of Columbia are banding together to protest D.C.’s new marriage equality law, which went into effect yesterday, Georgetown’s Dumbarton United Methodist Church has announced that its pastor and all 12 other ordained clergy will recognize and perform ceremonies for same sex couples. “As a pastor, I am […]

D.C. City Council asks Church to adopt GU medical coverage policy

At right, David Catania As things stand, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. says it will have no choice but to abandon its contracts with the City if the December 1 vote on the D.C. City Council’s proposed same-sex marriage law is successful. The pulled contracts would have substantial consequences in D.C., as diocese-run “Catholic Charities,” […]

Georgetown professor defends D.C. Archdiocese’s anti-same-sex marriage moves

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington provoked quite a stir this week when it announced that it would abandon its contracts with the city unless the D.C. Council changed its proposed same-sex marriage bill.  The church says that the bill could force it to extend employee benefits to same-sex married couples, so they would no longer […]

MPD Chief says recent hate crimes may have been motivated by same-sex marriage debate

In a recent interview with WTOP, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Cathy Lanier speculated that the of recent hate crimes in Georgetown may have been motivated by the ongoing debate over same-sex marriage. Lanier, who recently told WTOP that MPD is classifying the assaults as hate crimes, was asked on WTOP’s Ask the Chief Program whether […]

Councilmember David Catania (SFS ’90, LAW ’94) introducing same-sex marriage bill next week

D.C. Councilmember and Georgetown double alumni David Catania (I-At Large)(SFS ’90, LAW ’94) is planning to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District next Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. The bill, “The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009,” is being co-sponsored by ten of the D.C. Council’s […]

Cardinal Newman Society calls for Georgetown to rescind AFL-CIO President John Sweeney’s honorary degree

John Sweeney: Lovable labor leader, or enemy of Catholic doctrine? Next Thursday, Georgetown will be giving an honorary Doctor of Law degree to AFL-CIO President John Sweeney for his dedication to fighting for better working conditions and human rights for workers. Sounds like some harmless, feel-good ceremony, right? Not to the Cardinal Newman Society. The […]

Georgetown American Apparel threatened over “Legalize Gay” T-shirts

Yesterday morning the American Apparel store on M St. received a call threatening to break their windows if they didn’t remove the “Legalize Gay” T-shirts displayed there, according to Washington City Paper‘s The Sexist blog: Around 10:30 a.m., visual merchandiser Walter Reed fielded a call from a male who was “enraged for no reason.” “He […]

The District Digest: Bitch set him up

No matter how poorly your 4th of July went, it’s safe to say it was probably better than former “Mayor for Life” and current D.C. Councilmember Marion Barry‘s (D—Ward 8). Saturday evening Barry was arrested by the Park Police and charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend, Donna Watts-Brighthaupt. The stalking charges were dropped on Wednesday, but […]

The District Digest: WMATA’s ups and downs

National Transportation Safety Board investigators are getting closer to pinpointing the cause of last week’s Metro crash.  They discovered that WMATA had replaced a crucial component of the signaling component, the “Wee-Z bond” which maintains a safe distance between trains, and it malfunctioned.  There have already been a couple lawsuits filed against Metro, including one […]