Marriage Recognition in the District of Columbia

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Washington, DC 20036
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phone 202 628 4160
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MARRIAGE RECOGNITION IN THE
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA


On May 17th, 2004, clerks in Massachusetts began issuing legal civil marriage licenses to same-sex couples for the first time in our nation's history. So far, the District of Columbia has not taken a formal position on the recognition of those marriages. With the markup and Congressional debate over the DC Appropriations bill on the horizon, please find below a list of talking points regarding the ability of the District of Columbia to recognize those marriages under DC law:


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