July 7th, 2009
11:37 AM ET
12 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. yuri

    Awright, who is next in the list of gay supporters? We haven't got all day, you know!

    July 7, 2009 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    It's starting to become evident that eventually all states will recognize same sex marriages/unions.

    July 7, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Sniffit

    hahahaha...eat that GOPers...."oh noes, we're all gonna be turned into pillars of salt...waaaaaah waaaaaah"...zip it

    July 7, 2009 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  4. jaye


    July 7, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  5. sensible Cape Coral Fl

    it'S ABOUT tIME.

    July 7, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  6. Kelby In Houston, TX

    Now, if we could just get The President of the United States of America, Barrack Obama to be an equal rights activist we can really get something done!

    July 7, 2009 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  7. Joseph

    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.

    Guess empathy grows from living among all those glorious words of the true patriots – those that devoted their lives a government to ensure TRULY the rights of the individual and the real meaning of equality.

    Now if only the DC residents had true representation in Congress, which the body of Congress could do something about.

    July 7, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. is Marion Barry still out of jail

    what DC does is of very little signifigance

    they re-elect Marion Barry for goodness sake

    the druggie / stalker Marion Barry

    how smart can that electorate be?

    July 7, 2009 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  9. Once You Vote Black

    That is sick!

    July 7, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  10. Ken from New York

    How sad it is to think that in this day and age some people just don't get it. All men and women are created equal. We all have three unalienable rights – the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (weren't our forefathers insightful?) We all should have the right to live. And we all should have the right to be free. Why on earth shouldn't everybody have the right to pursue happiness? If marrying someone you love brings you complete happiness, what difference does it make to anyone else if the two people in question are of the same gender?

    July 7, 2009 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  11. Proud Pagan in VA

    It's a step in the right direction, but there is still so far to go!

    Isn't progress a wonderful thing! It's MUCH nicer than the Dark Ages!

    July 7, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  12. I hate hypocrisy

    This passed 12 to 1, with Marion Barry being the only one to vote against. Marion freakin Barry!

    Way to stand up for morality, Mr. Barry. Way to stand on your soap box and preach your version of the Bible and condemn others who don't agree with you, while you turn around and snort cocaine and stalk ex girlfriends when the cameras aren't looking. Oh wait...the FBI's undercover cameras WERE looking when you did that!


    July 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  13. Grahame

    Little by little, One drop at a time the old guard of Republican bible thumping tired old men and women are dieing off. Thank you God. Soon, just perhaps there will be equality in the USA for all people regardless of race, religion or sexual orientation. Just perhaps idiotic morons like Benny Hinn will die leaving a world free from the Republican con men who use fear and lies to gain their own greedy ends.

    July 7, 2009 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  14. Straight For Equality

    I can't believe this is even in question. We're acting like it's the 1600's.

    Why on earth a state (or DC for that matter) would deny a legal contract to two adults just because some people don't like their matching private parts is ludicrous. Excluding some people due to religious reasons is discriminatory.

    July 7, 2009 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Mike from KC

    Way to go DC!

    July 7, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  16. Jake

    now the remaining states must follow. equality for ALL!

    July 7, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  17. Christopher

    If Texas can get off their hides and let the community of Gays and Lesbians get hitched, then maybe we can be in peace. I was once a preachy Republican, but after all the crap Bush left us, I became a more fun-loving, softer Independent. I say to Perry: "Let my gay friends have love!" I'm not gay, but we need equal rights in the USA! PERIOD!

    July 7, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  18. KirksNoseHair

    Nice to see more and more parts of our country moving away from Bronze age superstitious nonsense and embracing equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation.

    July 7, 2009 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  19. Fair is Fair


    Ironic, though. They will recognize unions performed elsewhere, but won't sanction them in their own jurisdiction.

    Okaaaaaayyyyy.... that makes sense.....

    July 7, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Brian G, Sugar Land, TX

    Does this mean that Congressional exploitation of pages is recotgnized also?

    July 7, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Jeff Texas

    Never in the state of Texas. Let me repeat NEVER in Texas.

    July 7, 2009 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. AD

    Yay! Giant leaps for mankind!

    July 7, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. DLHanna

    Cool! BTW, what happened to that law stating that if you live with the same partner for over 6 years, you're legally married? A lot of gay and lesbian couples have been together for 10 or more years.

    July 7, 2009 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  24. Educate yourselves before you open your mouth and just let the words fall out

    He-he-he . . . look at all the Republican heads spinning! I love it!

    July 7, 2009 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
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