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South Jersey reacts to gay marriage decision - Cherry Hill Courier Post

Jay Lassiter's voice choked with emotion when he was told of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right. Lassiter, a longtime marriage equality advocate, said the decision in Obergefell v. Hodges was something the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community should "accept with grace, gratitude and tolerance" toward those who long opposed... "If we can give President Obama the space and time to evolve on this issue, if we can give our parents and families time, we can give it to those who feel aggrieved or harmed by this decision the same time," he said. Diane Marini, a Collingswood resident who was among the plaintiffs that first sued for the right to marry in New Jersey, noted the significance of the date, June 26: "The irony and the interesting thing few people will realize is that it was... Her partner, Marilyn Maneely, who also was a plaintiff in the 2002 lawsuit, died in 2005 from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). Marini noted how many times she's used the word "bittersweet" when discussing the march toward marriage equality, and how attitudes toward same-sex marriages have changed over the past decade. New Jersey law began recognizing same-sex marriage in 2013, becoming the 14th state to do so. "I couldn't get a marriage certificate, but I was on (Maneely's) death certificate," Marini said. Both Lassiter, 43, and Marini, 62, reflected on the struggles of the LGBT community for acceptance, and how marriage was something far from the minds of many of their peers for a long time. "It was easier for my generation to deliver on marriage equality, because so much of the fight was based on the martyrdom of the AIDS crisis," said Lassiter, who has been HIV-positive for 24 years. A generation ago, Lassiter noted, "The churches were hostile, the government was hostile, even our Democratic president was passing the Defense of Marriage Act," he said, referring to President Bill Clinton's 1996 signing of a federal law defining... "We spent a generation undoing what was done to them," Lassiter said. "I'm glad that (Clinton) evolved and the country evolved, but there were still a lot of casualties in this fight. When Marini and Maneely began their fight, Marini recalled, few people — gay or straight — understood why marriage mattered to them. ' It wasn't something people even thought about doing," she said. Source: www.courierpostonline.com

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  • South Jersey reacts to gay marriage decision

    06/26/15 ,via Cherry Hill Courier Post

    Jay Lassiter's voice choked with emotion when he was told of the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision declaring same-sex marriage a constitutional right. "Really? I hadn't heard yet," the Cherry Hill man said Friday morning, clearly moved. "I'm so emotional

  • Elgin Symphony presenting jazz show with Blues Bros. sax man Lou Marini

    04/18/15 ,via Chicago Tribune

    The concert will feature Mark Bettcher and his Reunion Jazz Ensemble along with guest saxophonist "Blue" Lou Marini, Jr. May 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the Hemmens Cultural Center. The symphony's chief development officer, Cheryl Wendt, said that she and the 

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  • Community Access TV: Jon Hammond Show preview 07/04

    06/29/15 ,via San Francisco Gate

    For furtherinformation please contact Caryn Freitag – camera: Jon Hammond – Associated Musicians of Greater New York, Local 802 AFM Lena Soloff, Emily Mitchell, Nancy Meyer, Laura Solomon, Blue Lou Marini, Lew Soloff, Alex Foster, Noah Evans ...

  • Arkansas Jazz Festival to be held in Dardanelle

    06/14/15 ,via The Courier Online

    DARDANELLE — The fifth annual Arkansas Jazz Festival will take place Friday and Saturday at the historic gazebo on Front Street in downtown Dardanelle. The event, which is free, will feature numerous high school bands along with “Blue” Lou Marini.

  • The darling of the Sinatra family

    06/14/15 ,via London Evening Standard

    This explains why ancient Tony Bennett still rules the roost, why people pay Rod Stewart silly money to sing standards, and why Steve Tyrell is now the official darling of the Sinatra family ... Trumpeter Lou Soloff and tenorist Blue Lou Marini sounded ...

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Lou Marini - Official Site

The Official Website of Saxophonist Blue Lou Marini

Lou Marini - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Blue" Lou Marini, Jr. (born May 13, 1945) is an American saxophonist, arranger and composer. He is noted for his work in the jazz, rock, blues and soul music ...

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Lou Marini, Actor: The Blues Brothers. Graduated at a small school named Fairless High School which is in Navarre, Ohio where he was known as Lou Marini Jr. His dad ...

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Lou Marini III was born in Denton, Texas. The only child of ‘Blue Lou’ Marini, the longtime saxophone player for the original Blues Brothers Band, Lou grew up ...

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Blue Lou Marini now playing the JodyJazz DV Alto 7

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Lou Marini "Blue" Lou Marini performs during the official Blues ...

Lou Marini "Blue" Lou Marini performs during the official Blues ...

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