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Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/13/2010

D.C. could set marriage record

By Washington Post editors

Same-sex marriage has been legal in the District for only about two months, but the city is on track to set a record for marriages this year, WTOP reports.

The D.C. Superior Court has issued more than 2,000 marriage licenses.

"To put that in perspective," Judge William Jackson says, "all of last year was about 3,000."

In the first three months of 2010, the court processed 376 applications. Since March 3 -- when same-sex marriage became legal in the District -- the marriage license office has received 2,082 applications.

Based on the early numbers, the District is on target to issue four times as many marriage licenses this year as it did in 2009.

The D.C. Council approved same-sex marriage on an 11 to 2 vote Dec. 15, and Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) signed the bill into law soon after, saying that he hoped the District would provide a road map for gay rights activists in other jurisdictions, including possibly Maryland. Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) said his state would begin recognizing same-sex marriages from other places.

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By Washington Post editors  | May 13, 2010; 11:20 AM ET
Tags:  Same-sex marriage, dc marriage licenses, district of columbia, gay marriage  
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