The lesbian couple lives in Midlothian, Va., near Richmond. The commonwealth does not recognize either their 2010 marriage in the District or Stephanie’s parentage of the girls, who grew from her fertilized eggs implanted in and carried by Desiree. So the Bryans delivered their girls in the District. It was a two-hour drive from home, friends and family, but a place that offers the surest way for Lily Mae and Mia Lynn to have two mothers in the eyes of the law.
Florida International University’s 12-fan “Wall of Wind” hurricane simulator is on display at the National Building Museum in Washington. The “Designing for Disasters” exhibit explores new solutions and historical responses to natural hazards including earthquakes, tornadoes, hurricanes, storm surge, flooding, tsunamis and wildfires.