Gay Marriage Gets Green Light in D.C.
Matt | On 04, Mar 2010
Wednesday was an historic day for same-sex couples in the District of Columbia.
They were allowed to apply for marriage licenses per the District’s new law recognizing their unions. In total, 151 couples showed up to file their marriage applications. By D.C. law, all couples (gay and straight) have to wait three business days from the filing to actually be married in a ceremony. You know how folks get trigger happy with marriage talk .. lol. Consider those three days to be the cooling-down period.
Of course, there were protests (see photo above) outside of D.C. Superior Court where the couples began lining up at 6:00 a.m. to file their paperwork. The District joins the states of New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Iowa in allowing same-sex marriage.
This is pretty big news for the District. Since they are not a state, Congress had to review and approve the same-sex marriage bill that the D.C. Council passed on December 15. At any time, Congress or the White House could have pumped the brakes on progress, since the federal government runs the District. So, gay marriage advocates basically waited until Bush and the Republican-led Congress were ousted to go forward. Hey, you gotta do what you gotta do sometimes…