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A marriage hack?

By Ezra Klein

Washington is one of fairly few places in America where same-sex partners can legally marry each other. But the District's equality may be less geographically bound than we think: As the law is currently written, it seems that a couple can file their marriage certificate in D.C., and then get married wherever they want -- all they need is for a D.C.-licensed officiant to Skype in for the vows. And that, in fact, is exactly what one couple just did.

This doesn't solve all problems, of course. Some states, like Texas, don't recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. And you still have to get to D.C. to file, which imposes a significant and unnecessary cost. But on the bright side, if this interpretation of the law holds, it means that a gay couple can be legally married from anywhere in the nation.

By Ezra Klein  | November 15, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
 
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Is there any state which doesn't allow gay marriage, yet recognizes gay marriages from another state?

Posted by: fuse | November 15, 2010 10:44 AM | Report abuse

Fuse: New York is one, but there are others. In those states, a gay couple can get divorced, just like they could in DC, but they can't get married.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | November 15, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

The gay rights leadership is usually pretty risk averse. But this and the DADT decision seem to be more about pushing the buck.

Posted by: theamazingjex | November 15, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

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