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Marriage License Applications Double After Legalization of Same-Sex Marriages

Since the Supreme Court struck a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act in June, the number of marriage license applications the D.C. Superior Court has received has doubled to more than 100 per day.

The court announced today that its Marriage Bureau would add a dedicated marriage license application center, additional staff, and a second marriage ceremony room to help alleviate the long wait times.

"When we realized that our current staffing and space did not accommodate the recent demand for our services, we added staff and converted space to meet the need,”  writes Clerk of the Superior Court Duane Delaney in a release.

This announcement comes two days after the Washington Blade wrote an article about the more than two-hour long lines at the Marriage Bureau.

Clarification: The original headline of this post suggested that the court hired new staff to handle the increase in marriage license applications. In fact, the court transferred existing staff from other branches to handle the increase.

Photo by Matt Dunn.

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  1. #1

    Meanwhile, local divorce attorneys are licking their chops when they think of all the upcoming gay divorces.

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