March 9, 2010 at 2:02 pm EST | by Joshua Lynsen
Same-sex weddings commence in D.C.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Brook Hedge marries Jeremy Moon, 31, and Bryan Legaspi, 30, in the city’s first same-sex civil marriage ceremony.

The ceremony began moments after the court opened at 8:30 a.m. and occurred while a religious marriage ceremony proceeded outside the courthouse. Robb Hawthorne, 24, and James Betz, 23, wed in the religious ceremony.

The two unions were the city’s first same-sex marriages March 9, concluding more than one hour before other marriage ceremonies began at the Human Rights Campaign building.

  • Congratulations to all the couples!

  • I remember the first Pride here in DC, in 1975. I was nervous about going. I decided that I was going to participate to try to make things better for myself here in DC, and to help work for a better future for gays. The couple here, Jeremy and Bryan, weren’t even born yet. I am so happy that for people like them, they grew up in a much better world. The work is far from finished. I hope that the many young gays and lesbians who are not politically involved, get involved this year as we celebrate the 35th Anniversary of Pride here in DC. We still need to repeal DOMA (defense of marriage act), to repeal DADT (Don’t ask, don’t tell), and to enact ENDA (employment non-discrimination act). There’s plenty of work for us all.

  • I was a proud DC resident for nearly 7 years and it warms my heart and fills me with pride to see Gay marriage in my former hometown. Congratulations to all the lucky couples. After seeing NY vote against Gay marriage, it makes me consider moving back. As an African-American Gay man, it was great to see such a diverse group of couples declaring their love for one another.

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