A New Day (or, Open Same As Me)

March 3rd, 2010

A follow-up to my earlier piece Free in DC (written at the time of the DC marriage equality law’s passage), inspired by the entry into force of that law today. For more background, see A Washington wedding (Washington Post 3/03/10) and Same-sex couples line up as D.C. gay marriage law takes effect (WashingtonPost.com 3/03/10).


Today is the day

If you live in DC and are gay.

The DC same-sex marriage bill is now law.

DC gays can now legally marry, after all.


As a side benefit, Maryland now effectively gets marriage equality too,

Since getting married in DC is now all Maryland gays have to do.

The Maryland decision to recognize those unions (subject to appeal)

Makes the new DC law a two-for-one deal.


In the tri-state area, only VA marriage equality continues to deny

(Though “Virginia is for lovers,” some restrictions still apply).

Will VA gays be forced permanently to MD or DC to go?

(To help change that, sign the petition below.)


As I said before, it’s a victory for equal rights and the Constitution

To which I hope my blog made some small contribution.

But the real credit goes to DC Council Members and local activists

Who refused to let the issue be dismissed.


It’s as if a magic door opened to let gays in

Someplace they should have already been.

(Now if only gay and straight DC residents

Could vote to elect more than just presidents.)


NB:

By “same as me”

I’m referring to Constitutional equality,

Not (as you might have assumed) same-sex proclivity.


As I’ve stated before, I’m straight,

So I didn’t have to for my marriage equality wait.

***

Here’s AP/Washington Post video of same-sex couples happily waiting to apply for their marriage licenses.

Speaking of a new dawn, here’s your theme music for this post: Nina Simone’s Feeling Good from the album I’ll Put a Spell on You.
 

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