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D.C. Superior Court began accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples Wednesday morning, a historic milestone for gay couples and activists that was made possible by the city’s new gay marriage law.
About 45 couples with their coffee, newspapers and blackberries — many dressed in blazers and slacks as they planned to go to work after filing an application — were waiting in line when the court’s marriage bureau opened its doors at 8:30 a.m. Employees allowed 10 couples to enter at a time, and had extra personnel on hand to accept the applications.
There were congratulatory hugs, commemorative pens and cupcakes to mark the moment. But it was also a somewhat subdued scene of quiet anticipation as the nation’s capital joined five states that allow same-sex marriage.
“I didn’t want to get married anywhere else. This is my city standing up for marriage equality,” said Rocky Galloway of the District’s Chevy Chase neighborhood, who was second in line with his partner of six years, Reggie Stanley.
There were couples from Maryland and Virginia, some who brought their children for the event.
“It means she gets a whole family, so she doesn’t feel different from everybody else,” said Karinne Providence of Severn, who was joined by her partner Shanic Davidson and the couple’s 3-year-old daughter, Pahris Davidson.