A lesbian and gay male couple were among 14 couples who tied the knot
in Valentine’s Day weddings on Thursday at the D.C. Superior Court’s
Marriage Bureau. The weddings were part of an event that courthouse
officials billed as “Fourteen on the Fourteenth.”
With bright red hearts decorating the walls of the Marriage Bureau’s
wedding room, Virginia residents Princess Calloway and Jennifer
Gavrish were joined in marriage at a 2 p.m. ceremony. Earlier in the
day, Pennsylvania residents Michael Lausterer and Stephen Jarvis II said
“I do” as the two exchanged wedding vows in the same room.
Judges and court employees designated as marriage officiants began
performing same-sex marriages at the courthouse in March 2010, when
D.C.’s same-sex marriage law took effect.