Marriage equality in DC: ‘DO NOT underestimate the significance of this day’

It’s a very exciting day in the District of Columbia. Marriage equality is the law of the land. There were so many hurdles, but the day has arrived.

My Washington Post (yes, I still have it delivered) has four major pieces on marriage today. The best article features a profile of a couple preparing for their wedding. It’s titled, “For gay couples in D.C., political reality meets real life.” And, that is true.

There’s a great editorial:

DO NOT underestimate the significance of this day. The District of Columbia is now the sixth jurisdiction in the United States — the first below the Mason-Dixon Line — to legalize same-sex marriage. It is a day of celebration for the gays and lesbians who have pushed for recognition of their relationships. It is also a day to mark the progress society has made.

It is indeed.

The Catholic Archbishop tries to defend the inexcusable policy of cutting benefits for its employees in order to punish the gays (No one seems to get the logic of that one and it undermines the Church’s commitment to fairness for workers.) The Catholic Church is becoming blinded by its homophobia, which is bizarre because a lot of priests are gay.

And, there’s an article headlined “Roberts denies stay of District’s same-sex marriage law: Chief justice’s decision clears the way for D.C. to begin issuing licenses.” That’s just rich because there’s no way Roberts is ever going to support marriage equality.

As far as I can tell, no heterosexual marriages have been destroyed in the past hour since D.C. has been issuing licenses. The sky has not fallen.

Also, I know there’s a lot of coverage in the LGBT press this morning about marriage. But, I wanted to show how one of the city’s main traditional media outlets is giving such prominent coverage to the new law. The same is true for local t.v. stations. This isn’t just “gay” news, it’s THE news.

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