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Gay Couples: Prepare to Get Hitched!

Earlier today, the D.C. Court of Appeals declined to stay the impending legalization of same-sex marriages in Washington.

In a terse opinion [PDF] today, the appeals court refused to overturn a Superior Court judge's decision not to postpone the District's same-sex marriage from going into effect. Which means, barring some unlikely congressional intervention, come next Wednesday, March 3, gay couples can start lining up at the courthouse. (Pursuant to District law, they''ll have to wait three business days to actually do the deed, so no weddings till Tuesday.)

Over at the Sexist, Amanda Hess has everything you need to know about tying the knot, starting with your trip to the H. Carl Moultrie I District of Columbia Courthouse. You'll need to bring $35 and avoid Fred Phelps & Co.

UPDATE, 5:15 P.M.: Download your new, gender-neutral marriage license application form [PDF] if you want (via GLAA Forum).

Photo via nerdcoregirl, Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0

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  • http://www.glaa.org Rick Rosendall

    Yes, there is growing excitement as the big day approaches and the final pieces fall into place. The total cost is $45 -- $35 for the application fee and $10 for the license. The revised form, BTW, refers to "spouse" instead of "husband" and "wife." I showed a copy of the new form to a coworker and asked her if she could see anything that looked different, and she couldn't. She said, "Let's see, it asks for spouse's SSN...." It looked perfectly normal so she went right past it. Let's hear it for D.C.

  • jay

    Im so proud to live in DC!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JohnV

    When this passes/open for business on 3/9, do you know if anyone is organizing a receiving line at City Hall? Friends who got married in SF said it was one of the most gratifying thing to come out of City Hall to throngs of supporting strangers throwing rice (bird seed) and handing out slices of sheet cake.

    The wife and I will be there.

  • NW dude

    I remember Mayor Newsome performing marriage ceremonies when California legalized gay marriage, but I'm not sure DC's Mayor has those powers, so the Wilson Bldg. (sadly) may not be a place of celebration the way SF City Hall was.

    perhaps the courthouse...

    who's got a better idea?

  • Sodom and Gomorrah

    In his letter to the church at Rome, the Apostle Paul adds his condemnation to homosexuality, when he writes:

    For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due. (Romans 1:26-27, NKJV)

    In Homosexuality: A Biblical View puts it bluntly:

    God’s verdict on homosexuality is inescapably clear. His law is a precise interpretation of the sexual order of creation for fallen man, rendering again His intention and direction for sexual relations. When members of the same sex (homo-sexual) practice intercourse with each other...they violate God’s basic creation order in a vile and abominable fashion.

    Genesis 19:1-13

    The angels sent by God said to Lot, "Do you have anyone else here--sons-in- law, sons or daughters, or anyone else in the city who belongs to you? Get them out of here, because we are going to destroy this place. The outcry to the LORD against its people is so great that he has sent us to destroy it."

    Washington, DC is now under the wrath of God and it too shall be destroyed.

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    Sodom- I guess you're new to the City. We've been living under God's wrath for quite some time now. I don't think this will make much of a difference. Have a nice life fill of hate, bigotry, intolerance, and um, pent-up sexual frustrations from years on the farm with Jebediah.

  • Straight, Not Narrow

    Hey Sodom and Gomorrah, a god that gets that excited about whom and how people love is not a god worth giving a fuck about.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    To 'Sodom and Gomorra', you get all worked up about gay marriage, but you don't make a big deal, I would bet about Pat Robinson, Jimmy Swagert and other who fleece people to buy there way into heaven. You don't get mad about a man, (Barry) who took an oath to uphold the laws of the District of Columbia and of the United States and then breaks those laws and to top that, he is a adulterer. A man, (Barry) who uses a church to lie and put on a FALSE show in the house of God. You don't say anything about Fred Philips who pickets the funerals of brave an honrable men and women who gave the ultilmate sacrifice for us, WHY?

    A Bible verse, "Those without sin, should not cast the first stone"!

  • cminus

    If we are to be smoten like Sodom and Gomorrah, does that mean that the heterosexuals will be given a chance to move to the suburbs ahead of Yahweh's wrath, but if they look back they'll be turned into pillars of road salt? Because I bet we need to refill our road salt supplies.

    On the up side, this thread has reminded me that it's been a while since I listened to my old Anti-Flag collection. First up: Sodom, Gomorrah, Washington DC. Bitchin' song.

  • If it walks like a duck

    Hey Sodom you big douchbag: what about what the Bible says about adultery and having sex with a woman when she is menstruating, etc. Or, do you just pick and choose what wrath God will put forth??

    Get the F*C^ back in your tiny little mind.

  • noodlez

    @Adrian Bent-Me SEVERAL REQUESTS AS YOU AND YOUR MISCREANTS GROVEL AND WALLOW IN THIS ILLEGAL GOTTEN GAIN.

    1. NO PUBLIC DISPLAYS OF AFFECTION. YOUR FOLKS CAN GET A LIL RAUNCHY AT TIMES. TRY TO RESPECT THE PARENTS AND CHILDREN OF THIS CITY. THE USE OF DISCRETION AND THE ABSTAINING FROM RAUNCHYNESS DURING THIS WEEK WILL MUCH APPRECIATED.

    2. STOP THROWING AROUND THE WORD "HATE" EVERYTIME SOMEONE DISAGREES OR HAVE DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEWS REGARDING THAT LIFESTYLE. NOT ALL FOLKS LOVE YOU WHEN THEY AGREE WITH YOU SO NOT ALL FOLKS HATE YOU WHEN THEY DISAGREE WITH YOU. WHEN DONE WITH SUCH FREQUENCY IT DE-VALUES ITS MEANING. (YOU KNOW ME. MY SLURS AND DISPARAGING REMARKS WILL PROBABLY BE FLYING THE UNFREINDLY SKIES THIS WEEK AS THIS WILL GET MAJOR COVERAGE)

    ********************************************************

    LOOK MY WIFE TOLD ME TO TRY TO BE NICE THIS WEEK IN LIEU OF MY NORMAL STANCE. SO AS A GESTURE I SCRIBBLED THIS LIL POEM. YALL HAVE MY PERMISSION TO USE IT. IT CAN BE PRINTED ON THE BACK OF NAPKINS AT THE RECEPTIONS AND RECITED THERE AS WELL.

    GATANIA DUPED THE REGULAR D.C. FOLK
    WITH THIS FUCKIN NONSENSE.
    THANGS WILL BE FLOCKING FROM NEAR AND FAR
    TO VALIDATE THEIR EXISTENCE.

    I KNOW THAT CHANGE IS INEVITABLE AND THE CITY WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.
    BUT COT DAMN THIS GAY MARRIAGE SHIT IS A MUTHA FUCKIN SHAME.

    I HOPE YOU LIKE IT.

    CONGRATS AND WELL WISHES TO ALL YOU COCKSUCKERS.
    I HOPE THAT YOUR MARRIAGES LAST SO YOU CAN PROVE US NORMAL FOLK WRONG.

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    Ah yes Noodlez, my limp dick basturd of an enemy. Good to hear your insights in a matter you seem to know so well. I wish I had the time to do a point by point dissection of your stupidity, but that would require me wasting words on an idiot.

    If you haven't figured it out yet, allowing Gay people to marry in District will not change any of their "normal" behaviour or whatever the fuck you think their behaviour is. The fear you are so deeply concerned about is more in your head than reality because as far as I know, there is nothing illegal about two men or two women displaying public affection to each other. Public indecency is another thing, but that's applicable to straights as well.

    My theory on you and types like Harry Jackson (however the fuck that clown got a Bishop in front of his name is beside me but then again, Bishop Don Juan comes to mind)- is that you guys are truly closeted homosexuals repressed by years of abusive religious upbringing. Ted Haggard is a perfect example- go ahead, google him. You guys hate others because deep down, you want to be like them. Nothing wrong with it, just be honest with yourself. Why do you really hate what others do in their bedroom? The limp dick thing?

  • noodlez

    GO GET SOME COFFEE, DICK OR WHATEVER TO WAKE UP BECAUSE YOU OBVIOUSLY DIDNT REVIEW MY COMMENT BEFORE YOU FIRED OFF YOUR POP GUN.

    I DIDNT SAY PUBLIC AFFECTION WAS ILLEGAL I JUST HOPE YOU THANGS DONT GO OVERBOARD BECAUSE YOU HAVE A PROPENSITY TO DO SO.

    CLOSETED HOMOSEXUAL? SLIM IM NOT IN THE CLOSET. IM NOT EVEN IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD. THERE IS ALSO NO RELIOUS ZEALOTRY HERE! JUST A POINT A VIEW FROM A REAL NORMAL MAN!

    you didnt like my poem?

  • Mike

    noodlez - sounds like you're pussy whipped

  • J

    noodlez is so obsessed with explicit descriptions of man-on-man action, I do feel sorry for him. marriage equality means more of the white picket fence action, and less of the action that noodlez can't get out of his mind.

    let me break it down for noodlez. marriage = less sex. so noodlez is f----d, hard (but probably always wanted to be, just not in the rhetorical way).

  • cminus

    you didnt like my poem?

    Your poem isn't particularly good. The scansion is terrible, and in the first quatrain the meter is sprung worse than I get when a girl walks in with an itty bitty waist and a round thing in my face.

    (Credit where credit is due, the meter does get a little better in the second quatrain, where you come reasonably close to a consistent pattern of two iambs followed by four anapests. It's an interesting choice: mixing iambs and anapests is actually pretty common in poetry -- Swinburne lived by it -- but it's usually on an alternating basis rather than in clusters.)

  • Sodom and Gomorrah

    All of you gay-marriage supporters are proving my point there is profanity in all of your posts. Having a differnce of opinion and a faith-based opinion is what this country is about. So, you go and do what this weak Council is allowing you to do and I will follow what God has instructed me to do through scripture. And I didn't have to use profanity to express my point of view.

    For an elected official to hand out cup cakes for this event is truly a slap in the face of all heterosexuals in this city, he made to expressions of support for them each time they are married.

    Oh, and no I don't think that it is appropriate to have impressionable children witnessing men and women of the same sex kissing and holding hand in public.

  • Adrian Bent-Me

    Sodom- The bible also says that you should go play in a pit of poisonous snakes. Try that one out and let us know how it's going in a few weeks, then I'll high-tail it to Burke.

  • cminus

    All of you gay-marriage supporters are proving my point there is profanity in all of your posts.

    Yes, if by "all" you mean "a minority". By my count, there are the most profane language used by the following posters, who collectively comprise a majority of pro-gay-marriage posts on this thread:

    Rick Rosendal: "spouse"
    jay: "proud"
    JohnV: "(bird seed)"
    NW Dude: "celebration"
    Rick Mangus: "A man, (Barry) who uses a church to lie and put on a FALSE show in the house of God"
    cminus: "road salt?"

    Perhaps you are confusing the pro-gay-marriage side with the anti-gay-marriage side? Every one of your allies, by which I mean Noodlez, has dropped multiple f-bombs, damned people in the name of the mis-spelled Lord, and referred to people using vulgar terms for genitalia and practitioners of oral-genital contact.

    For an elected official to hand out cup cakes for this event is truly a slap in the face of all heterosexuals in this city, he made to expressions of support for them each time they are married.

    Don't you dare claim you speak for me on this issue. I'm heterosexual, and do not feel in the least slighted by an elected official handing out cupcakes to gay couples getting a wedding license. I feel stupider having to have even typed that; it's akin to needing to rebut the claim that the square root of 2 being an irrational number is offensive to French-Canadians.

    Anyone who goes home tonight and says "honey, our marriage is now measurably weaker because gay couples were given cupcakes today" should probably just divorce now; there's no way a marriage that weak could survive a real challenge, like having the batteries in the TV remote run out or ordering Chinese takeout for four.

  • noodlez

    @cminus YO PICKLE PUSHER noodlez DONT ALIGN HIMSELF WITH NO ONE!

    IM LIKE RAMBO IN THIS MOFO!

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