Some big news out of DC this morning....gay couples are lined up at the District's courthouse on the first day of legal same-sex marriage in the nation's capital. The Washington Post has the full story (where this lovely picture came from, shot by Bill O'Leary) and there's also full background of the long road to marriage equality in DC over at Towleroad.
Of course, the haters tried to block it with a last ditch appeal to the US Supreme Court, but they had no luck there. In a rare Justice Roberts ruling I agree with, he said the court had no business in local affairs. I love the irony of the haters having to beg for Supreme intervention when they are always screaming about activist judges destroying the nation. Sometimes they almost make me laugh....almost.
As locals know, Washington is a very conservative town regardless of whether Democrats or Republicans are in charge. So I find it remarkable that today the District stands at the forefront of the marriage equality movement. It is now the sixth place in the United States where gays can get married. And, as Andy Towle pointed out, it's also a symbolic landmark in this struggle in that Washington is the now the first locality south of the Mason-Dixon line to endorse marriage equality.