DC Celebrates First Gay Marriages

Crush at marriage bureau as same-sex couples wed
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2010 1:57 PM CST
Rocky Galloway, left, and Reginald Stanley hold their twin daughters after they were married by Rev. Sylvia E. Sumter today, the first day that gay marriage was legal in Washington.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Wedded bliss descended on Washington, DC, today, as the District’s first same-sex couples were married. About 15 couples visited the marriage bureau in the first hour it was open to pick up their certificates, the Post reports, with one couple running upstairs to the office of a judge to quickly tie the knot. Another couple took their ceremony outside to the steps of the Superior Court. DC joins five states that already allow gays to marry.

Elsewhere, the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign hosted a triple wedding. “Today the love that you have recognized all along is recognized by the District of Columbia,” intoned a priest, before pronouncing a couple “legally married.” The only hiccup appears to be a woman who waited with the couples at the court before shouting that “God wouldn’t recognize” the unions. She was taken away by marshals.

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