New Orleans men become first same-sex couple to wed in Louisiana, each thankful for 'making me the man that I am today'

The legal battle. The delays. The disappointment. It was all behind them Monday afternoon. Before them was the life they’d waited years to claim, the one where Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin could hold hands, gaze into each other’s eyes and promise to love forever. “You are my best friend,” Robinson told Benjamin… Continue reading →

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ADVOCATE STAFF PHOTO BY JOHN MCCUSKER -- Michael Robinson and Earl Benjamin are the first same-sex couple to wed in New Orleans since Friday's historic Supreme Court decision.

Gay Marriage New Orleans

Jefferson Parish became the first to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples on Monday morning. Despite New Orleans’ reputation as the most liberal and gay-friendly city in… Continue reading →

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Steven Forster’s Party Central: JPAS Gala

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- It was a who’s who evening at the grand opening gala of the Jefferson Performing Arts Center (JPAC). The red-carpet event included performances by the Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo; the JPAC artist-in-residence Jefferson Performing Arts Society, led by Maestro Dennis Assaf; the Delta Festival Ballet, Jefferson Ballet, and local celebrity “kingfish” John “Spud” McConnell. JPAC is a new, state-of-the-art performance venue featuring an acoustically-designed interior; an impressive proscenium arch stage with orchestra lift; and a theatrical fly rigging system from renowned designer J.R. Clancy. JPAS co-founder, executive/artistic director and conductor Dennis Assaf, Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office Colonel John Fortunato

It was a who’s who evening at the grand opening gala of the Jefferson Performing Arts Center. The red-carpet event included performances by the Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo; the JPAC artist-in-residence Jefferson Performing Arts Society, led by Maestro Dennis Assaf; the… Continue reading →

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