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GLAAD on the Ground in Washington, D.C. as Weddings Begin

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Richard Ferraro
Director of Communications
(646) 871-8011
ferraro@glaad.org

March 9, 2010

March 09, 2010, New York, NY – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, has staff on the ground for the first day that gay and lesbian couples can marry in Washington, D.C.

“Today’s marriages will allow couples in Washington, D.C. to take care of and provide for each other and their families- rights that all Americans deserve,” said Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD). "More and more, lawmakers and the public are realizing that gay and lesbian families deserve equal protections under the law."

GLAAD’s Senior Media Field Strategist is in Washington, D.C. this week to help share the stories of gay and lesbian couples who plan to marry. GLAAD is working to ensure that media bring the stories of these loving and committed couples to Americans and will be live-tweeting from wedding ceremonies today at www.twitter.com/GLAAD. Last week, GLAAD's Media Field team was also in Washington, D.C. to train couples to share their personal stories and build public support for marriage equality.

Media interested on reporting on today's marriage ceremonies, the first for gay and lesbian couples in Washington, D.C. and profiling local couples are asked to contact GLAAD.

“As the world watches couples in our nation’s capitol wed, we applaud the hard work of DC For Marriage, Campaign for ALL DC Families, the local clergy and the organizations and couples whose personal stories made this historic moment possible,” Barrios said.