Christopher Soden presents new works at the MAC

Poetic license

Local poet and author Christopher Stephen Soden reads from his newest collection Closer that is touted as “an existential look at same-gender sexuality and queer virility.” Sounds like some good stuff. A Q&A will follow.

DEETS: McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. 7 p.m. The-Mac.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Classical Open Mic tonight at Buzzbrews

Dust off that violin and resin those strings

Bringing classical music back to the people, founded by musicians Michael Jackson (not that one) and Kristen Center, Classical Open Mic strive to perform their works in unconventional places. Like a 24-hour diner. Taking the classic out of typical venues, they work to get it closer to everyday people and encourage interaction and participation. Plus, you can have a sandwich to go with it. Sweet!

DEETS: Buzzbrews, 4334 Lemmon Ave. 7 p.m. Free. ClassicalOpenMic.com

—  Rich Lopez

MD one step closer to being our most phonetically logical marriage equality state

EQUALITY MARYLAND APPLAUDS THE PROGRESS OF MARRIAGE EQUALITY LEGISLATION IN THE SENATE

Maryland’s LGBT Group Pledges to Keep up the Fight

ANNAPOLIS, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 – The Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee voted 7-4 to favorably report the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act (SB 116) today. This legislation would end the exclusion of committed gay and lesbian couples from marriage. This is the first time the legislation has passed committee and is scheduled to be voted on by the Senate next week.

Statement from Long-Time Champion of LGBT Rights, Senator Richard Madaleno (District 18):

“It is time to provide equal rights under state law to all individuals, including same-sex couples, who seek a marriage license in Maryland. No one can argue that the capacity and bond of love is any different between heterosexual couples and same-sex couples. It is time that the rights already enjoyed by many who can obtain a marriage license in Maryland are enjoyed by all regardless of gender and sexual orientation. We moved one step closer to full marriage equality today.”

Morgan Meneses-Sheets, Executive Director of Equality Maryland released the following statement upon hearing the vote count:

“This is a historic day for all loving and committed gay and lesbian couples throughout the Free State. For the first time in Maryland’s history, we’ve cleared the committee vote which has stalled efforts for marriage equality in previous years. “We know that momentum is swiftly moving for the same rights, responsibilities, and privileges to be extended to gay and lesbian couples through civil marriage. Very soon our families will be provided with the same respect and protections as all other families.

As we look toward the Senate vote, we urge all lawmakers to think about the love and commitment they share with their partners and extend those same rights to those of us who are looking for recognition of our love from Maryland.”

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Equality Maryland

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*Metro Weekly has on-scene reportage: Wheels in Motion: Maryland marriage bill receives historic approval of state Senate’s Judicial Proceedings Committee [MW]




Good As You

—  David Taffet

NY One Step Closer to Marriage Equality with Tim Kennedy Primary Win

Tonight NY state Senate candidate Tim Kennedy’s had a triumphant victory over anti-equality state senator William Stachowski in the SD 58 Democratic primary election. HRC endorsed Tim Kennedy, a pro-equality candidate, as part of the Campaign for New York Marriage, which aims to help re-elect senators who supported marriage equality, defeat incumbent opponents and elect fair-minded candidates to open seats.

“Tonight voters sent a clear message to lawmakers everywhere that taking a stand for equality is the right thing to do,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “With high reelection rates for incumbent state Senators, Tim Kennedy’s win is a tremendous victory for treating every New Yorker with dignity and respect.”

“I would like to thank the Human Rights Campaign for the assistance they have provided in my effort to change Albany,” Kennedy said. “HRC staff and volunteers played a key role in ensuring a major victory.”

HRC’s Campaign for New York Marriage has been working in cooperation with Fight Back New York, Empire State Pride Agenda, Freedom to Marry and Marriage Equality New York to close the eight-vote gap blocking marriage equality in the New York state Senate. As part of the campaign, HRC endorsed Tim Kennedy and provided direct contributions, staff resources and volunteers to his campaign. Unfortunately two endorsees – Charlie Ramos and Lynn Nunes – were not successful in their primaries today.

HRC’s New York PAC has raised over 0,000 so far this election cycle and mobilized its 70,000 members in the state. HRC’s involvement in New York state elections dates back to 2007, when HRC endorsed pro-equality candidate Craig Johnson from Long Island won a seat in the state Senate that had been held by anti-equality senators for over 100 years.

Solmonese added, “With marriage equality hanging on the balance as we look toward November, this is a critical election season in New York. The Empire State will be a national leader in fight for equality.”


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—  John Wright