Sen. Lesniak Hosts Wedding Of Plaintiffs In Same-sex Marriage Suit

Egypt hunts for killers in church wedding attack

21, a same-sex couple in Lambertville became one of the first to get married in the state of New Jersey. Joanne Schailey and Beth Asaro tied the knot at Lambertville's Justice Center in front of crowd of around 150. (Video by Adya Beasley and Andre Malok/The Star-Ledger) Email the author | Follow on Twitter on October 21, 2013 at 1:07 AM, updated October 21, 2013 at 5:45 AM Marsha Shapiro, left, poses with Steven Goldstein, one of the state's leading gay rights activists, as she waits to be married to Louise Walpin in Elizabeth.Susan K. Livio/The Star-Ledger ELIZABETH TV cameras filmed it and politicians hosted it, but somehow the wedding ceremony between Louise Walpin and Marsha Shapiro at 12:01 this morning one of the first in state history was an intimate moment. They wrote their own vows, and never stopped gazing at each other even as cameras flashed and a giddy group of about 50 people huddled tightly around them in state Sen. Raymond Lesniak's (D-Union) living room.
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In light of previous attacks, particularly since Morsis ousting on 3 July, a backlash against Coptic Christians should have been anticipated, yet security forces failed to prevent attacks or intervene to put an end to the violence, the rights group said. The Muslim Brotherhood has deplored Sunday's attack and blamed it in part on the military-installed authorities. "The military-backed authorities continue to turn a blind eye to deliberate acts of arson, vandalism and murder," it said in a statement. Egypt's Copts have long complained of discrimination and marginalisation, particularly under Morsi's one-year rule. Egypt's new government is engaged in a widespread crackdown on Islamists, jailing more than 2,000 since the storming of the pro-Morsi camps. Morsi himself is in custody and is to go on trial November 4 over deadly clashes between his supporters and opponents outside the presidential palace in December 2012.
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Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House photographer, and Patti Lease were married in the Rose Garden Saturday night, according to a White House official. White House Military Chaplain Stanley Fornea performed the ceremony with roughly 35 family members and friends in attendance, the official said. Souza has officially chronicled Obama since he was elected president, providing a behind-the-scenes look at the president and first family through the White House Flickr page, his Twitter account and the more recently launched Instagram account. He served as White House photographer during former President Ronald Reagans second term and more recently spent almost a decade at the Chicago Tribunes Washington bureau, where he recorded then Sen.-Obamas rise and ultimately wrote The Rise of Barack Obama. "Creating a good photographic archive for history is the most important part of my job, creating this archive that will live on," Souza told PBS in 2010. "This is not so much photojournalism as photo-history."
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