The District of Columbia has joined Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire as places where gay couples can get a marriage license! The D.C. Superior Court began accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples this morning.
The anticipated marriages of same-sex couples, said Mitch Wood, president of the Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, were “the fruit of decades of public advocacy and organizing by gay citizens and our numerous allies.”
The D.C. Council voted to legalize same-sex marriage in December. Still, there are about 1,200 federal benefits married gay couples won’t have access to, thanks to the Defense of Marriage Act, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Until the federal government ends its commitment to discrimination, all married couples will not be equal.
A hearty congratulations to the happy couples!