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Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, “the District”, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. As permitted by the U.S. Constitution, the District is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress and is therefore not a part of any U.S. state.

LGBT Rights in the District of Columbia: Same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia was legalized on December 18, 2009, when mayor Adrian Fenty signed a bill passed by the Council of the District of Columbia on December 15, 2009. The law took effect on March 9, 2010. The District of Columbia prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The District's hate crime law covers hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.

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D.C. high school principal comes out during school’s Pride Day assembly

Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Pete Cahall (center), flanked by D.C. mayor Vincent Gray (left) and council member David Catania.
A D.C. high school principal came out as gay on Wednesday, breaking 50 years of silence in an emotional address to the student body at a Pride Day assembly. Stand next to D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and openly gay council member David A. Catania, Wilson High School Principal Pete Cahall said he has been inspired by his students to declare his sexual orientation openly.

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Chris Kluwe named Grand Marshall at Capital Pride

Friday, May 30, 2014
Chris Kluwe
Former Minnesota Vikings Punter and LGBT ally Chris Kluwe will serve as Grand Marshall of this year's Capital Pride parade in Washington D.C. This year’s theme is “Building our bright future.” Capital Pride, which spans 10 days, kicks off on Friday, May 30, and culminates with the 39th annual Pride Parade on June 7 and the Capital Pride Street Festival on June 8.

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D.C. mayor announces health coverage requirements for transgender citizens

Thursday, February 27, 2014
Vincent Gray
District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray on Thursday announced that public and private health insurance plans that the D.C. government regulates -- including Medicaid, D.C. government employee insurance, and private plans sold on D.C.'s health exchange -- will be required to cover transition-related care.

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Heart attack victim says he was denied last rites after telling priest he’s gay

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
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A heart attack victim says a Roman Catholic priest working as a chaplain at a Washington D.C. hospital refused to give him last rites and communion after the patient told him he’s gay.

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D.C. man sentenced to 10 years for stabbing transgender woman 40 times

Monday, January 13, 2014
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WASHINGTON -- A D.C. man who stabbed a transgender woman 40 times last summer after an argument about sex was sentenced to 10 years in prison Friday.

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Councilmember who sponsored DC gay marriage bill considers mayoral run

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
David Catania
WASHINGTON — D.C. Councilmember David Catania formed an exploratory committee for a mayoral bid Wednesday, saying he's unimpressed by the large field of candidates and wants to find out if he can do more to improve public education from the city's highest office.

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Judge lets Chris Brown skip DC court date in alleged homophobic assault

Friday, November 22, 2013
Chris Brown
WASHINGTON — A judge says R&B singer Chris Brown doesn't have to travel from Los Angeles to Washington to appear in court.

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Family Research Council shooter sentenced to 25 years in prison

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Floyd Corkins, at the time of his arrest on Aug. 15, 2012.
WASHINGTON -- A man who planned a mass shooting at a conservative Christian lobbying group's Washington headquarters in 2012 has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for the failed plot.

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DC court sees increase in marriage applications since Supreme Court ruling

Friday, September 13, 2013
The H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, home to the D.C. Superior Court.
WASHINGTON — The D.C. Superior Court says it is adding a second marriage ceremony room and boosting marriage bureau staffing to accommodate an increase in applications believed to be the result of the Supreme Court's same-sex marriage ruling.

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Ford’s Theatre to produce Matthew Shepard play, ‘The Laramie Project’

Friday, September 6, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Washington theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated will produce the play "The Laramie Project" and offer programs about bullying and violence against LGBT people.

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