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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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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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Marching for King’s dream: ‘The task is not done, the journey is not complete’

Saturday, August 24, 2013
Carolyn Kaster, APParticipants gather on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during an event to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington, Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013, in Washington.
WASHINGTON -- Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King's famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled. [...]

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Gospel singer delivered from ‘curse’ of homosexuality removed from D.C. concert

Sunday, August 11, 2013
Donnie McClurkin
WASHINGTON -- A gospel singer who says God delivered him from “the curse” of homosexuality, was removed from a concert lineup at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial after a request from Washington's mayor. [...]

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D.C. mayor OKs bill easing rules for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates

Wednesday, August 7, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- District of Columbia mayor Vincent Gray on Tuesday signed a bill that would make it easier for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates reflecting their change in gender identity. [...]

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D.C. council OKs new rules for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates

Friday, July 12, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- The District of Columbia city council has approved a bill that would make it easier for transgender people to obtain new birth certificates reflecting their change in gender identity. [...]

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D.C. police investigating six attacks in LGBT community in recent weeks

Tuesday, July 2, 2013
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WASHINGTON -- Police in the District of Columbia are investigating six reported attacks, which include a fatal shooting, a beating, a stabbing, a sexual assault, and two non life-threatening shootings against members of the LGBT community over the past two weeks. [...]

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