It took a while, and opponents of equality still insist they’ll fight it, but marriage equality legislation finally took effect this morning in Washington, DC.
Washington, D.C., became the nation’s sixth jurisdiction to allow same-sex marriage Wednesday when it opened its marriage license application process to gay and lesbian couples.
More than one dozen couples lined up outside the D.C. Superior Court building — some arriving even before sunrise — to become the first same-sex pairs to obtain their applications to wed. Couples alternately smiled and wept as emotion swept the crowd.
“Love has won out over fear,” said Rev. Dennis Wiley, co-pastor at Covenant Baptist Church and co-chair of DC Clergy United for Marriage Equality. “Equality has won out over prejudice. Faith has won out over despair.”
Congratulations to the happy couples, and congratulations to everyone who contributed to this victory. The DC community produced a vibrant, diverse coalition in support of equality, and it has paid enormous dividends.
Next up: voting rights.