Homosexual couples can, since yesterday, get married in Washington D.C., America's national capital city. This past Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court authorized the District of Columbia to hold marriages between persons of the same sex, rejecting opponents' appeal for a referendum on the subject matter.
More than 100 couples waited yesterday from the crack of dawn in line in front of the DC Superior Court to retrieve their marriage licenses.
Click here to see a full report by DCAgenda on the first couples who showed up to get their licenses.
People who gathered outside the courthouse were victorious and all smiles as people began to receive their licenses. "It's very exciting, and it represents a huge win for the future generations", says Peter Rosenstein, a Director for the Campaign for All DC Families.
3 interesting tidbits from the above video:
Reverend Kate Murphy of the United Methodist Church reported that she is happy the laws were passed in favor of homosexual marriages, calling it a social justice issue. With GLBT members, her church accepts their vows, but according to its bylaws, her Church is not able to peform their wedding ceremonies, so she is happy to see they city grant the marriage licenses, and came to show support for religious GLBTs by cheering on marriage license grantees.
On the other end of the spectrum, opponents of the law were also there to weigh-in at the Courthouse with posters reading "God Fates Fags.com" and "America is Doomed" (there is another one that says 'God Hates Obama' – Yagg Editors are wondering how the zealots came up with this one?!).
Rocky Galloway and Reggie Stanley, a couple that just received its licence, said: "We are the parents of two daughters, and it means they'll grow up in a household where their parents are married like any other family in the District of Columbia. We are religious, we are spiritual, citizens, residents, and community-involved-all religions are based on lov and equity, and this is what this day is about for us".
"I am here to show that there are some people who don't oppose this law in Washington DC, that it should have been passed a long time ago, and that I am happy that everyone can now have the right to marry in DC", said Jon Wheeler, a heterosexual DC resident with a poster that read 'Just Married and happy that soon you will be too'.