July 7th, 2009
11:37 AM ET
13 years ago

District of Columbia recognizes same-sex unions

WASHINGTON (CNN) - A new District of Columbia law recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere took effect Tuesday.

The measure, which does not allow gay or lesbian couples to be married in
the district itself, was initially approved on May 5.

Currently four states recognize same-sex marriages - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and Iowa. Vermont and New Hampshire will soon join their company when same-sex marriages become legal later this year and early next year.

Filed under: Same-sex marriage
soundoff (33 Responses)
  1. Willy Brown

    Well whoop de doo doo

    July 7, 2009 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Folkston Harvey

    It's too sad what is happening to our country. Our local and national governments are being accepting of all the junk in our country because they are not willing to be accountable and fight the good fight for moral victory and ethical standards. Still, a day of accounting will come along as the USA is marching quickly into the sewers from our previously long-held laws and standards.

    July 7, 2009 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  3. Waldorf, MD

    "I'm so proud of the residents of the nation's capital for knowing what it means to be progressive and to take care of the citizens."

    What you don't know is that the residents were denied the opportunity to say anything about it. The DC council took extreme measures to keep this initiative away from the voting booth. This act has nothing to do with "residents".

    July 7, 2009 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  4. gt

    good call ,,, the city of murders and welfare ,,, what else would you exspect from this lawless cess- a -pool of crime , povery and ignorence....

    July 7, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. RS

    Gay Marriage is here to stay.

    And since we are honoring a possible pedophile, soon pedophilia will be acceptable too.

    July 7, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  6. dave

    Gee, thanks for continuing to destroy our country DC!

    July 7, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Jasmine in Germany

    It's overdue, I'm pleased that D.C.joins the ranks in recognizing equal rights.

    July 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  8. Jon

    You would think that DC has far more important things to worry about and solve not to mention a City Councilman who can't stop getting arrested. Instead, one councilman's obsession (just happens to be gay) is driving the entire city's political agenda. Pretty sad actually.

    July 7, 2009 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
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