Saturday, December 29, 2012

Year-end odds and ends: Maine, Maryland gay marriage; break-dancing; self-defense

Maine’s law allowing same-sex marriage goes into effect today (Saturday, December 29, 2012), and the Huffington Post is reporting on the marriage of Donna Galluzzo and Lisa Gorney, link here. Later reports indicate a very early marriage was between Steven Bridges and Michael Snell (New York Times, p. 18, Dec. 30, AP story, here

In Maryland, the first marriage ceremonies can take place Jan. 1, and it has been reported that Maryland will allow joint-filing by same-sex couples for state income tax year 2013. When you consider piggyback taxes in Montgomery County, some Washington DC suburbs have the highest state and local income taxes in the nation.

Last night, the Cobalt DC had a brief “break dancing” show on the small stage behind the renovated dance floor.  This is true athletic  “break dancing”. The endpoint is Cirque du Soleil. 

Given recent vitriolic “debate”, it may well to mention that the libertarian side of the gay community (like GLIL, Gays and Lesbians for Individual Liberty 15 years ago) has long argued for the right to self-defense, particularly on the streets, and hence the term “pink pistols”.  In Dallas, people used to carry mace or pepper spray for self-defense walking through dark Oak Lawn streets to bars; in Washington, it’s banned.  


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