Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Capital Gains: Hill Watchers Are Ready to See a Gay Member of Congress Exchange Vows under the Cherry Blossoms

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Capital Gains: Hill Watchers Are Ready to See a Gay Member of Congress Exchange Vows under the Cherry Blossoms

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TALK ABOUT A MARRIAGE equality photo op. With same-sex marriage on its way to being legal in Washington, D.C., could a Tammy Baldwin, Barney Frank, or Jared Polis wedding be in the cards?

All three members of Congress have partners, though Frank has long had the option to marry, since his home state of Massachusetts extended marriage equality in 2004. While Washington, D.C., doesn't have residency requirements for marriage licenses, Baldwin's and Polis's home states (Wisconsin and Colorado, respectively) don't recognize gay marriages performed in other jurisdictions. But many members of Congress have gay staffers who live in D.C., and at least one congressional aide has made a nuptial announcement: "[Polis's] chief of staff, Brian Branton, and his partner of 14 years, Ben Stearn, plan to get married in D.C.," says Lara Cottingham, Polis's communications director.

Cathy Renna of Renna Communications, a D.C.-based public relations firm, believes that marriage equality in Washington will lead to greater acceptance among conservative lawmakers. …

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