No matrimonial duties for Mayor Fenty, above, and nothing near matrimony for Jen and John, below.
No matrimonial duties for Mayor Fenty, above, and nothing near matrimony for Jen and John, below. (By Jacquelyn Martin -- Associated Press)
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Thursday, August 14, 2008

Wedding Bells at City Hall

It's August, which means half the population of Washington is either on vacation or asleep at the office. And yet! An important question remains unanswered: Can D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty perform wedding ceremonies?

The query came up when our colleague David Nakamura asked Fenty's communications director, Carrie Brooks, whether Hizzoner might preside over her November nuptials to Daniel Kohns, a government relations and communications strategist for Public Strategies Inc. Nope, said Brooks: "You have to be a judge or ordained." (Apparently Fenty's staff had already inquired about whether he could officiate for two other couples.)

But what about in 2001, when then-Mayor Anthony Williams co-presided at the wedding of his spokeswoman, Lydia Sermons ? (The other co-presider was former deputy mayor Carolyn Graham, an ordained minister.) Sermons told Nakamura that she had wanted a minister there for religious reasons, but that Williams could have performed a civil ceremony on his own had she preferred it.

D.C. Superior Court spokeswoman Leah Gurowitz set the record straight, backing up Brooks: In Washington, only judges and those with leadership roles in religious organizations can perform wedding ceremonies -- or a D.C. judge can designate judges from other locations to officiate in the District.

This Year's Model

A Prince George's County native is making history as the first transgender contestant on "America's Next Top Model," the modeling reality TV show helmed by Tyra Banks.

"My cards were dealt differently," Isis, a 22-year-old former receptionist, told Us Weekly. ("ANTM" contestants are initially identified by their first names only.) The aspiring model defines herself as "a woman born physically male."

Neil Giuliano, president of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, applauded Isis's casting, calling it "an unprecedented opportunity for a community that is underrepresented on television."

The 11th season of "ANTM" premieres Sept. 3 on the CW network.

Hungry Man

It takes six regular guys' worth of food a day to keep Michael Phelps raking in gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, according to details of the record-smashing swimmer's diet published yesterday by the New York Post.

Phelps, 23, consumes 12,000 calories a day, including massive amounts of carbohydrates to keep up his energy. (By comparison, the average 23-year-old male's recommended daily calorie intake is 2,000.) Here's how he does it:

ยท Breakfast: two cups of coffee, a five-egg omelet, a bowl of grits, three fried-egg sandwiches with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, fried onions and mayonnaise, three slices of French toast with powdered sugar and three chocolate-chip pancakes.

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