Artscape 2017 music schedule

Same-Sex Marriage

Charles B. Blackburn, activist who worked for same-sex marriage

Charles B. Blackburn, activist who worked for same-sex marriage

Charles Byrd Blackburn, a plaintiff in a Maryland lawsuit that sought to legalize same-sex marriages who had earlier worked in the 1960s civil rights movement, died of an apparent heart attack May 31 at his Bolton Hill home. He was 84.

Born in Bradenton, Fla., he was the son of Henry Blackburn, a Methodist minister, and Mary Frances Smith. He earned a bachelor's degree at Florida Southern University, where he was a member of the Reserve Officers Training Corps, and he served in the Army in Georgia.

In 1957, after becoming a Unitarian Universalist, he joined the All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C. He studied at Virginia Theological Seminary, Howard University...

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