A poignant moment outside of the DC courthouse yesterday

While we were standing outside of the courthouse yesterday after the release of Dan Choi and Jim Pietrangelo, two older gentlemen approached Dan Choi to say hello. They appeared to be at least in their 70s. One was walking with a cane. They told Dan they’ve seen him on tv and were excited to meet him. They also thanked him for what he’s been doing. Then, they told us that they were at the Courthouse to get their marriage license. Turns out they’ve been together for over 30 years. The gentlemen in the blue cap served in the navy. I’m kicking myself for not getting their names, but they were happy to pose for pictures.

I can’t help it, even if it sounds corny, it was a very sweet moment.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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