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DC Court Rejects Challenge to Marriage Equality

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In a 5-4 ruling on Thursday morning, DC’s highest court rejected an effort by anti-gay activists to force a referendum to overturn marriage equality in the District.

The City Council and Mayor passed legislation earlier this year to allow lesbian and gay couples to legally wed in the nation’s capitol.  Couples first got married there in early March.  GLAAD was there when the first couples wed.

Anti-gay activists tried to over turn the marriage law through voter referendum, but city officials ruled that such a referendum would violate the city’s human rights law.  Thursday the court ruled that the city officials had made the right decision, and that there would be no public referendum on the rights of gay couples to marry.

GLAAD is excited for the newly wed couples in DC that had their marriages protected by this decision.