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America's Newest Best Place To Be Gay and Say "I Do": Washington, D.C.

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Lenox Magee

Lenox Magee is a freelance journalist and blogger in the Chicagoland area.

It's official, same-sex couples have begun to apply for marriage licenses in the District of Columbia this week. The Supreme Court refused to block the District of Columbia's gay marriage law, freeing the city to issue its first marriage licenses to same-sex couples the following day.

"DC has always been an inspiring and welcoming place for people to come together for meaningful personal moments. It's true for same-sex couples who are now celebrating their right to marry just as it is for couples who got married here years ago," said Elliott Ferguson, president and CEO, Destination DC. "As the city's official tourism organization, we want to remind couples that Destination DC is a powerful--and FREE--resource available to anyone planning a wedding or a special event."

District Of Columbia Begins Offering Same Sex Marriage Applications

In anticipation of same-sex marriage legalization, Destination DC posted new information and links to its dedicated GLBT website, prideindc.org, outlining the steps couples need to take to plan their destination weddings and providing useful links to event planning resources. On the site's FAQs section, couples can find clarification on specific questions, such as the requirements for filing in person and the necessary three-day waiting period that couples should prepare for when making their plans.

This is great news for the GLBTQ community. D.C. has amazing people, great food, and, now, a law I can live with. Well done, D.C.! Finally, love wins!

Same-sex marriages are also legal in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut and Vermont.

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