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DC: countdown to marriage equality on March 3

Carpetbagging fundie Bishop Harry Jackson and the forces of the National Organization for Marriage tried to stop it, but it looks like all paths are clear for couples to apply for marriage licenses this Wednesday. has a primer on the straightforward process.

Here’s how it’ll work:

  • Beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 3, couples may apply for a marriage license at the D.C. Superior Court Marriage Bureau located on the 4th floor of the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse (500 Indiana Avenue NW, Room #4485). The office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Courthouse is expecting a crowd on Wednesday, so expect to wait in line outside the office. Also keep in mind there will be lots of reporters and probably a not insignificant number of protesters outside and around the courthouse on Wednesday, so if you really want to go the first day, don’t neglect to bring your game face.
  • If you already have a registered domestic partnership with the District, keep in mind that getting married will automatically dissolve that partnership. And if you have a civil union or domestic partnership from another state, you probably need to get that dissolved before you can get married in the District of Columbia. Check with the issuing state for specific rules.

Also, there is a gender-neutral application available from the court. Couples will need to bring ID (you have to be 18 or older or 16 with consent from parents) in the form of a driver’s license, birth certificates or a passport. The full name of the intended officiant is also required, and they must be registered with the Marriage Bureau.

If you’d like to request a civil wedding at the courthouse, you can do that at the time you submit the application, but that will take longer: at least ten business days after your license becomes valid.

Three full days later (so Tues., Mar. 9), you can then go back to the courthouse and pick up your marriage license. You just need to bring your receipt with you — marriage licenses cannot be issued by mail.

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