“NOTE: Pursuant to the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, L18-110, effective March 3, 2010, same sex couples may apply for marriage licenses in the District of Columbia.”
So reads the red text at the top of the DC Marriage Bureau’s webpage. And so, on this first day of Spring Break, our family journeyed to the DC Courthouse to apply for a marriage license. Teddy charmed the multitude of gay men in waiting. Natalie tucked her doll in for a nap on one of the chairs and drew pictures with another queerspawn. The one or two straight couples that wandered in looked almost out of place. Our application was filed, and the license will be ready to pick up on Friday. Which is lucky, since we’re getting married that afternoon. Unlike our 2003 wedding, this will be a small, casual affair. But it will be legal.
(Given the legal protections we’ve already set up for ourselves this legal marriage won’t really change anything until DOMA is repealed, but it’s still a step, and we’re happy to be able to do it.)