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Same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia

March 4th, 2010 by Joseph William Singer

Beginning March 4, 2010, same-sex couples may apply for a marriage license in Washington, D.C. and get married after the requisite waiting period. read article. The D.C. City Council passed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act which allows same-sex marriage. See D. C. Act 18–248; 57 D. C. Reg. 27 (Jan. 1, 2010). In addition, the Attorney General of Maryland recently announced that Maryland would recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere since nothing in Maryland law precluded such recognition. On March 2, 2010, Chief Justice Roberts refused to issue a stay preventing the law from going into effect. Jackson v. District of Columbia Board of Elections and Ethics, No. 09A807, 559 U.S. — (Mar. 2, 2010).

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