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Updated: March 10, 2010 02:04 IST

First ever same-sex wedding in Washington

Narayan Lakshman
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Angelisa Young (right) and Sinjoyla Townsend hold hands as Rev. David North speaks during their wedding on Tuesday in Washington, DC.
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Angelisa Young (right) and Sinjoyla Townsend hold hands as Rev. David North speaks during their wedding on Tuesday in Washington, DC.

In the socially conservative capital of the United States an old mould was shattered on Tuesday as Washington DC bore witness to the first ever same-sex wedding within its borders.

Under the district's new same-sex marriage law, which received official sanction from a Supreme Court decision last week, lesbian couple Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend tied the knot at the headquarters of the Human Rights Campaign, an LGBT lobby group.

The approval given to the same-sex marriage law by the city council was immediately challenged by a lawsuit contending that residents had a right to vote on the law as well.

Local courts as well as U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejected the appeals, allowing the District of Columbia to join other same-sex-marriage-supporting states such as Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

“This argument has some force,” Justice Roberts wrote, regarding the case.

“However, I conclude that a stay is not warranted. … It has been the practice of the court to defer to the decisions of the courts of the District of Columbia on matters of exclusively local concerns.”

Following the rejection of the appeal, the Superior Court of DC Marriage Bureau posted an understated note that read: “NOTE: Pursuant to the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, A18-248, effective March 3, 2010, same sex couples may apply for marriage licences in the District of Columbia.” The law still demands a waiting period of three business days before marriage licences can be issued.

Speaking to ABC News, Ms. Young earlier said, “We feel gratitude that we are being included. We have the legal right to love each other and to provide. I think everyone can understand that.”

According to the White House, President Barack Obama “supports full civil unions and federal rights for LGBT couples and opposes a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.”

Further, the President supports the repeal of the “Don't Ask Don't Tell” policy in the armed forces “in a sensible way” and believes in ensuring adoption rights for all couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation, the White House adds.

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Well said Susan. Many people cling on to "recent" traditions only. We don't have time to research and explore what had happened before.

from:  susan
Posted on: Jul 19, 2010 at 19:56 IST

Morality has its social angle too. If every one thinks freedom in their own way it will lead to chaos. So respect the freedom of others but be careful what we treasure for the future

from:  febin
Posted on: Jul 19, 2010 at 07:06 IST

Marriage is a legal contract and all people may enter into contracts. What is "normal" to you, Eesa, is not "normal" to others and one's morality is their own. If you don't want to marry someone of the same sex, you don't have to. Morally, as human beings with hearts and souls, it is wrong to deny anyone who loves someone that opportunity to do so openly and with a public showing of that love. In a world where fear is the norm, it's own kind of perversion, any love is precious. Bigotry, suspicion and hatred are hardly normal.

from:  Susan
Posted on: Mar 10, 2010 at 18:27 IST

wow---so now even the sanctity of marriage isn't safe. Now deviance is the norm and morality is going to be the perversion.

a sign of the times....

from:  Eesa
Posted on: Mar 10, 2010 at 05:32 IST
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