First same-sex couple weds in D.C.

Same-sex couples began marrying in the nation’s capital today, with some lining up as early as 3:30 a.m. to pick up their licenses from D.C. Superior Court. The first couple to officially tie the knot was Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend, who met in a constitutional law class at the University of the District of Columbia. They wed at the office of the Human Rights Campaign, along with two other couples. Watch part of Young and Townsend’s ceremony here:

D.C. is now the sixth place in the country where marriage equality is legal, following Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. Watch more coverage of today’s celebrations.


This morning, U.S. security marshals had to escort a woman out of D.C. Superior Court after “she began yelling ‘God wouldn’t recognize‘ same-sex marriages. The woman had been standing in line with same-sex couple who were waiting to pick up their marriage licenses.”

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