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The faces of marriage equality in Washington

If a picture is a thousand words then this one of Sinjoyla Townsend and Angelisa Young says it all. They are the first same-sex couple to receive a marriage license in the District of Columbia. Washington is now the sixth jurisdiction in the United States where gay marriage is legal.

dc_gaym.jpgSinjoyla Townsend, of Washington, left, and her partner Angelisa Young, were the first couple at Superior Court to obtain their marriage license (Photo: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

The symbolism is obvious. They are African Americans in a majority-black city. And they are a proud rebuke to those who tried to use black conservativism on homosexuality as a hammer against equality. Gay rights are civil rights. Anyone who thinks differently should take it up with Townsend and Young.

By Jonathan Capehart  | March 3, 2010; 12:38 PM ET
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Congrats to Ms. Townsend and Ms. Young! May they soon receive the rest of their civil rights pertaining to marriage (i.e., those conferred under Federal law).

Posted by: Itzajob | March 3, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Best wishes to the new Mrs. Townsend and Mrs. Young. May they have as long and happy a marriage as my husband and I have had so far!

Posted by: 1toughlady | March 3, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

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