Back in December I mentioned that the Washington, D.C. city council passed a measure legalizing same-sex marriage in our nation’s capital, and that the mayor of the city signed the bill. There was one possible catch: measures passed in D.C. have to go through a review period in which Congress can overrule the will of the city council.
That review period is over.
Starting Wednesday morning, same-sex couples will be able to apply for a marriage license in Washington, D.C.
Opponents of the measure had gone so far as to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, but word came down today that the Court would not block same-sex marriage in the capital city. Chief Justice John Roberts ruled that the Supreme Court wouldn’t interfere with local matters in this case, especially since it’s still possible for a separate ballot initiative to give the voters a voice on the subject.
This clears the way for licenses first thing tomorrow morning, and the district’s marriage bureau has confirmed that same-sex couples can start lining up for their license, and can get married just as soon as the normal 3-day waiting period after marriage licenses are issued.
I do worry about the possibility of a ballot initiative, similar to Proposition 8, that might later stop same-sex marriages in the city… And I wonder if other lesbians and gay men are thinking the same thing. Are we going to see a flood of same-sex couples rushing to get hitched in D.C. in one hell of a hurry, trying to beat a hypothetical clock?
For the record, that doesn’t mean I’m hopping on a plane in the morning to request a marriage license. I’m just thinkin’ out loud, that’s all. 🙂