Same-Sex Couples Line Up for Marriage Licenses in DC

Nation's capital sixth place in US to legalize gay marriage
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 3, 2010 7:34 AM CST
Sinjoyla Townsend, of Washington, left, and her partner Angelisa Young, were the first couple at Superior Court to obtain their marriage license after the District of Columbia legalized gay marriage in...   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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(Newser) – Same-sex couples can start applying for marriage licenses today in Washington, after the Supreme Court yesterday refused to block a law permitting gay marriage, and at least 16 couples were waiting at 7:15am inside the courthouse just blocks from the US Capitol that houses the marriage bureau. Sinjoyla Townsend, 41, and her partner of 12 years, Angelisa Young, 47, claimed the first spot in line just after 6am. "It's like waking up Christmas morning," Young said.

Washington will be the sixth place in the nation where gay marriages can take place. Because of a mandatory waiting period, however, couples won't actually be able to marry until March 9. The marriage bureau has changed its license applications so they ask for the name of each "spouse" rather than the "bride" and "groom." And a booklet for marriage ceremonies to be performed in the courthouse now reads, "I now pronounce you legally married" instead of "I now pronounce you man and wife."

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