Same sex marriage in Washington, D.C.

The United States capital Washington, D.C. legalized same-sex marriage today. Beginning at 6 a.m. local time (1100 UTC) couples began submitting marriage application at the courthouse.

Washington D.C. becomes the seventh United States territory to legalize same sex marriage. The bill was ratified by Mayor Adrian Fenty last December. Although due to D.C.’s territorial status as a federal district the bill had to be reviewed by congress. The bill passed congressional review Tuesday night.

The bill faced opposition from many family values activists tried to stop the bill from becoming law. Supreme Court Justice John Roberts rejected a lawsuit to prevent the measure.

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