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Lesbian SLC mayor takes oath; Tutu's daughter marries partner
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
2016-01-05

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Lesbian SLC mayor Biskupski takes oath

Jackie Biskupski was sworn in Jan. 4 as Salt Lake City's first openly gay mayor.

Biskupski, 49, noted the historic moment as well as the great strides the LGBT movement has made, according to a Daily Journal article.

"I know that we have work to do still. And it is work that I take seriously," she said. "But I am a firm believer that in order for true equality to exist for anyone, we must pursue it for everyone, and that is a goal of mine."

Biskupski took the oath with fiancee Betty Iverson present.

Along with Biskupski, new Salt Lake City councilman Derek Kitchen was sworn in the same day, becoming the city's second sitting gay councilman. Kitchen and husband Moudi Sbeity were one of three couples who sued to overturn Utah's same-sex marriage ban.

The Daily Journal article is at http://www.dailyjournal.net/view/story/88be5d5bbcb84e7eb9a820747a7457d7/US—Salt-Lake-City-Mayor.

Tutu's daughter marries partner

The Rev. Canon Mpho Tutu—daughter of Nobel peace laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu—wedded Professor Marceline van Furth in a small civil ceremony in the Netherlands, according to a Times Live article.

Canon leads the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation. van Furth is a professor in the Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the Vrije University in Amsterdam; she also holds the Desmond Tutu Chair in Medicine at the university.

It is the second marriage for both women.

The Times Live item is at www.timeslive.co.za/local/2016/01/02/Canon-Mpho-Tutu-and-Professor-Marceline-Furth-tied-the-knot-in-the-Netherlands.


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