Weekend links: The culture war comes here
Gay rights take step forward: The Maryland House passed a same-sex marriage bill. But no marriages will take place until a referendum, assuming opponents successfully petition for one. (Post)
Women's rights take step backward: Virginia will require an intrusive and medically unnecessary procedure to try to deter women who want or need legal abortions. (Slate)
Put gentrifiers, not football players, at Res. 13: Besides the policy advantages of mixed-use over a Redskins practice facility at Reservation 13, it's better on gentrification, by creating places to live that don't involve displacing anyone. (City Paper)
Simmer down now, DC Council: The DC Council will consider requiring civility from its members. Chairman Brown introduced the bill after a heated exchange between David Catania and Marion Barry upset voters. (Post)
Council beefs up transportation expertise: Will Handsfield, who worked on the Capital Bikeshare launch with DDOT and comments regularly on Greater Greater Washington, will be working for Mary Cheh as a transportation policy advisor. (Twitter)
Charter schools on the trigger: DC charter schools were quick to expel or suspend students, dumping around four percent of their enrollment through expulsion. Critics contend the expulsions dump poorly-performing students onto public schools. (Post)
NO TAGS? $20,000 in tickets: One driver got the DC vanity plate "NO TAGS," but that's led the DMV to mail him $20,000 in tickets, since when they write a ticket for a car without plates, they fill in the field with "NO TAGS." (NBC via Consumerist)
The Tide rolls in: Norfolk's The Tide light rail has crushed ridership projections, exceeding expectations after only six months of service, by changing how people live and work in the city. (The Virginian-Pilot)
And...: Despite setbacks, the Senate transportation bill is far from dead. (The Hill) … To accommodate massive population growth, Arlington will add 7,000 seats to its schools. (Post)… A new distillery has obtained federal approval to operate in the District. (DCist)Have a tip for the links? Submit it here.
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