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Posted at 8:08 AM ET, 03/ 9/2011

A.M. Buzz: Rain, bike summit, gay marriage

By Lori Aratani
Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's Wednesday. Be sure to grab an umbrella before you leave the house today. Plenty of headlines across the region. In D.C., two people with strong ties to Mayor Vincent Gray, campaign consultant Howard Brooks and Lorraine Green are in the news. In Virginia, Fairfax officials are looking at the impact of the recent legislative session on the county. And in Maryland, debate begins today in the House of Delegates on a bill to legalize same-sex marriage.

Cool and wet. Break out the umbrella, which, when you think about it, is probably better than having to break out the snow shovel. The Capital Weather Gang says we're in for rain. There's a 40-50 percent chance of showers by mid-morning in the western suburbs and a 40-50 percent chance of showers moving into D.C. by late-morning. Temperatures will be in the mid-40's to 50. Looks like it'll be a good soaking -- much more than what we had over the weekend. A flood watch has been issued for the area beginning this evening.

Coming up:

Henderson no longer "interim?" D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray is expected to name interim D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson as his permanent pick to lead D.C. Public Schools as early as today. Gray (D) has, by most accounts, never seriously considered anyone else to replace former chancellor Michelle Rhee. Even though he recently appointed a chancellor selection advisory panel, as required by D.C. law, the panel met only once and the only name it considered was Henderson's. Here's a Post editorial about Gray's decision.

Trade-offs? Metro officials could speed efforts to make track repairs by eliminating rail service from midnight to 3 a.m. on weekends, according to a transit authority staff report. The move could mean fewer system delays. But at least two members of the board of directors said they would kill such a proposal. A Metro board committee will review the report at its meeting on Thursday.

Two-wheeled travel. The three-day National Bike Summit continues today in downtown Washington. After a second day of meetings and seminars at the Grand Hyatt hotel members head to lobby Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Today's headlines:

Same-sex marriage in D.C. Since same-sex marriage was legalized in D.C. last March, the number of marriage licenses issued has more than doubled. And while officials don't differentiate between those licenses issued to heterosexual and gay couples, one court official said the increase is due D.C.'s decision to legalize same-sex marriage. We check in with one couple -- Darlene Garner and Lorilyn "Candy" Holmes of Laurel -- as they approach their first anniversary.

Debate continues in Maryland. Still, same-sex marriage remains a divisive issue in some communities, as the Maryland state legislature debates whether to legalize gay marriage. We'll be live blogging the debate, which is expected to begin this morning around 10 a.m. in the Maryland House of Delegates. A group of black pastors from churches in Prince George's County were among religious leaders who are continuing to lobby against same-sex marriage. They were in Annapolis on Monday. Here's video from the rally.

D.C. Police officers arrested. Three D.C. police officers were arrested on Tuesday after they allegedly agreed to purchase stolen property. The arrests, part of a sting operation by the department's internal affairs division, come just a few days after another officer was arrested after she allegedly accepted money she thought had been stolen in a burglary. All four officers worked at the Fourth District station in the Brightwood section of Northwest D.C.

In short. A man was stabbed Tuesday night following a fight near the Chinatown/Gallery Place Metro station (Post); amid questions about lavish spending on business trips, UDC may ask university president Allen Sessoms to repay some of his airfare costs (Post); 100 people were sickened at a weekend swim meet at the U.S. Naval Academy (The Baltimore Sun)

Other items:

Who knew? A survey commissioned by the National Retail Federation has found that St. Patrick's Day spending could top $4 billion for retailers. Now that's a lot of green, eh?

That's it for now. Thanks for reading. Have a great day (and try to stay dry). Be sure to check back for more headlines and updates throughout the day. Will this be the week that Maryland legalizes same-sex marriage? How is D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray weathering this most recent political storm? We'll have those headlines and more.

By Lori Aratani  | March 9, 2011; 8:08 AM ET
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Homosexuality is not a sin according to the Bible. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, prostitution, and rape, not homosexuality.

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Posted by: shadow_man | March 9, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

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There is overwhelming scientific evidence that homosexuality is not a choice. Sexual orientation is generally a biological trait that is determined pre-natally, although there is no one certain thing that explains all of the cases. "Nurture" may have some effect, but for the most part it is biological.


And it should also be noted that:
"It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organizations do believe it is impossible to change a person's sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association."

Posted by: shadow_man | March 9, 2011 3:12 PM | Report abuse

This was taken from another poster that shows why we need to legalize gay marriage. If you don't feel for this person after reading it, you simply aren't human.

"I am not sure what our President thinks of this dicission but coming from a poor family and knowing what discrimination is all about I would assume he would not care if "Gays" have equal rights. The whole reason why they are asking for rights to be considered married is from the same reason why I would be for it. My own life partner commited suicide in our home with a gun to his heart. After a 28 year union I was deprived to even go his funeral. We had two plots next to each other. But because we did not have a marriage cirtificate "(Legal Document)" of our union his mother had him cremated and his ashes taken back to Missouri where we came from. That is only one example how painful it is. His suicide tramatized me so much and her disregard for my feelings only added to my heartach. That happened on March 21 of 2007 and I still cannot type this without crying for the trauma I have to endure each day. Oh did I mention I am in an electric wheelchair for life? Yes I am and it is very diffacult to find another mate when you are 58 and in a wheelchair. "

Posted by: shadow_man | March 9, 2011 3:17 PM | Report abuse

The American Psychological Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Association of Social Workers state:

"There is no scientific basis for distinguishing between same-sex couples and heterosexual couples with respect to the legal rights, obligations, benefits, and burdens conferred by civil marriage."

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Thus, mental health professionals and researchers have long recognized that being homosexual poses no inherent obstacle to leading a happy, healthy, and productive life, and that the vast majority of gay and lesbian people function well in the full array of social institutions and interpersonal relationships.

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The research and clinical literature demonstrate that same-sex sexual and romantic attractions, feelings, and behaviors are normal and positive variations of human sexuality.

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The longstanding consensus of the behavioral and social sciences and the health and mental health professions is that homosexuality per se is a normal and positive variation of human sexual orientation.

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Posted by: shadow_man | March 9, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

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