District of Columbia

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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Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend wed Tuesday in D.C. (Image: CNN)

Gay couples wed as same-sex marriage dawns on nation’s capital

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Gay marriage has arrived in nation's capital. [caption id="attachment_6869" align="aligncenter" width="416" caption="Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend wed Tuesday in D.C. (Image: CNN)"][/caption] Same-sex couples began marrying in Washington D.C, on Tuesday, with some lining up as early as 3:30 a.m. to pick up their licenses... [ Read more → ]
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Dozens apply for licenses as gay marriage becomes legal in Washington D.C.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010
At least 50 same-sex couples lined up to apply for marriage licenses when city offices opened Wednesday as gay marriage became legal in the nation's capital. [caption id="attachment_6715" align="aligncenter" width="448" caption="Gwen Migita, left, and Cuc Vu, at D.C. SUperior Court Wednesday to apply for a... [ Read more → ]
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Archdiocese Of Washington ends spousal benefits, citing gay marriage law

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The Archdiocese of Washington has changed its employee health care policy in the latest fallout from the District's decision to legalize same-sex marriage. As of Tuesday, Catholic Charities will no longer offer benefits to spouses of new employees or to spouses of current employees who... [ Read more → ]
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U.S. Supreme Court refuses to block D.C. gay marriage; law to take effect Wednesday

Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a request late today to block the District of Columbia's gay marriage law from taking effect on Wednesday. Opponents of the law had asked the Supreme Court to step in and issue a temporary delay so they could hold a... [ Read more → ]
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D.C. gay marriage opponents ask Supreme Court to block same-sex unions

Monday, March 1, 2010
Opponents of gay marriage have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to put a hold on the District of Columbia's new law allowing same-sex couples to wed. The Associated Press reports that court papers filed Monday with Chief Justice John Roberts argue that D.C. residents should... [ Read more → ]

DC court throws out latest attempt to block gay marriage in nation’s capital

Saturday, February 27, 2010
A District of Columbia appeals court Friday unanimously rejected the latest attempt to block the city from legalizing same-sex marriages next month. In the judges' one-page opinion in the case, the appeals court refused to overturn a Superior Court judge's decision not to postpone the... [ Read more → ]

Judge rejects gay marriage opponents — refuses to ‘usurp’ DC elections board

Saturday, February 20, 2010
Another Superior Court judge has denied a request by gay marriage opponents to overturn a D.C. Board of Elections rulings against a referendum on the issue. Earlier Friday, attorneys for Stand4MarriageDC and the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal organization, went to court seeking a... [ Read more → ]

Catholic church ends D.C. foster care program, citing gay marriage bill

Thursday, February 18, 2010
The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington has announced it is shutting down its 80-year-old foster care program, citing the District's plan to legalize gay marriage, which the church said conflicts with their religious beliefs. Catholic Charities, which receives $20 million in support from the city, does... [ Read more → ]

DC elections board rejects referendum effort — for the third time

Friday, February 5, 2010
Not surprising, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics -- for the third time -- rejected the latest referendum petition on the issue of same-sex marriage, ruling on Thursday that a ballot measure on the issue will not be allowed. The board has consistently ruled... [ Read more → ]

Another Utah lawmaker leads Senate effort to block DC gay marriage

Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Another Utah lawmaker has proposed legislation to prevent the District of Columbia from implementing a gay marriage bill until residents vote on the issue. [caption id="attachment_5765" align="alignleft" width="346" caption="Bennett"][/caption] Republican Sen. Bob Bennett, introduced a measure Tuesday aimed at banning the District from issuing same-sex... [ Read more → ]

Utah congressman attempts to overturn DC gay marriage law

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
A Utah congressman on Wednesday introduced a disapproval resolution designed to reverse a D.C. City Council ruling that would permit gay marriage in the nation's capital. Freshman lawmaker, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said that the measure [...] [ Read more → ]

DC judge rules against gay marriage opponents, says ‘no’ vote

Thursday, January 14, 2010
A D.C. Superior Court judge Thursday rejected gay marriage opponents efforts to hold a public referendum on whether those marriages should be legal in the District of Columbia. The ruling is a major victory for gay rights activists, making it more likely that the District... [ Read more → ]

Utah lawmaker wants to force gay marriage vote in D.C.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010
A House republican, Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) says he plans to introduce a bill granting District of Columbia residents the right to vote on gay marriage. The D.C. Council passed a bill on December 15 to legalize gay marriage in the district. The measure, approved... [ Read more → ]
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Police investigating murder of DC gay man found shot to death

Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Police are investigating the murder of Anthony J. Perkins, a 29-year-old gay man who was found shot to death inside his car early Sunday morning in the District of Columbia. [caption id="attachment_4542" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Anthony J. Perkins"][/caption] Reports DC Agenda: A police statement says the... [ Read more → ]

DC gay marriage opponents take their ads to city buses

Saturday, December 26, 2009
Opponents of gay marriage foes have taken to the streets in the nation' capital, literally, to protest recent approval of same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. Ads began appearing this week on the city's transit system, emblazoned on the sides of Metro buses, calling... [ Read more → ]

DC mayor signs bill to legalize gay marriage in nation’s capital

Friday, December 18, 2009
Before a jubilant crowd at a northwest Washington church, District of Columbia Mayor Adrian Fenty officially legalized same-sex marriage in the nation's capital, signing the bill passed earlier this week by the DC Council. [ Read more → ]

DC Council approves gay marriage in nation’s capital

Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The D.C. Council passed historic legislation this afternoon to legalize same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. Cheers erupted in the council chambers after the vote was approved 11-2. The bill now heads to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty's for his signature -- thhe mayor has... [ Read more → ]

‘Landmark’ DC gay bookstore announces closing

Saturday, December 5, 2009
Lambda Rising, a bookstore serving the LGBT community in the nation’s capital for 35 years, is closing its Washington DC store in Dupont Circle and its remaining out-of-town store in Rehoboth Beach, Del., in January, reports DC Agenda. The closings, announced Friday, mark the end... [ Read more → ]

New website aims to ‘out’ closeted gay priests who oppose gay rights

Friday, December 4, 2009
A DC resident has started a controversial internet campaign to gather information about closeted gay priests in the Washington DC area. According to its creator, social media expert and gay activist Phil Attey, the goal of ChurchOuting.org is to gather first-hand accounts of closeted gay... [ Read more → ]

DC Council passes gay marriage bill in first of two votes

Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The D.C. City Council on Tuesday voted 11-2 to give preliminary approval to a bill that would allow same-sex marriages to be performed in the city, reports DC Agenda. [caption id="attachment_3423" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="David Catania, the bill\'s sponsor"][/caption]"It’s a day I never thought I would... [ Read more → ]

DC vote to approve gay marriage expected this week

Sunday, November 29, 2009
The D.C. City Council drew national attention this week as it made final preparations for the first of two votes on a same-sex marriage bill Tuesday that observers say was expected to pass by a margin as wide as 11 to 2, reports DC Agenda.... [ Read more → ]

‘DC Agenda’ debuts to fill void left by closure of ‘Washington Blade’

Friday, November 20, 2009
Just days after the Washington Blade ceased publication, several former employees of the 40-year-old gay and lesbian newspaper launched a new, more modest version of the paper on Friday. Following the Blade's surprise closure earlier this week, some former employees decided to rally around their... [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage opponents sue to force DC ballot measure

Thursday, November 19, 2009
The decision by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics to block a ballot initiative to ban same-sex marriage reverberated on Capitol Hill and in the courts Wednesday as the battle continued over whether voters should have a say in the debate, reports the Washington... [ Read more → ]

DC board rejects effort to put gay marriage on the ballot

Tuesday, November 17, 2009
The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruled Tuesday that a proposed ballot initiative defining marriage as between a man and a woman cannot go forward, reaffirming an earlier ruling that such a vote would be discriminatory, reports the Washington Post. The elections board said... [ Read more → ]

‘Washington Blade,’ gay publications fold in surprise company shutdown

Monday, November 16, 2009
The Washington Blade, the weekly newspaper that chronicled the coming-out of the capital's gay community, was born amid the idealism of 1960s street protests. Monday, the paper died, victim of the unforgiving realities of the nation's sagging newspaper industry, reports The Washington Post. The paper's... [ Read more → ]
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