DC began recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere

On July 7, 2009, a Washington, DC, law recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states or jurisdictions took effect. The Jury and Marriage Amendment Act of 2009, passed by the Council of the District of Columbia in May 2009, was subject to Congressional review pursuant to the Home Rule Act before becoming law, but Congressional inaction allowed the Act to go into effect. In December 2009, the Council of the District of Columbia gave final approval to a bill that allowed same-sex marriages to be performed in Washington, DC, which the Supreme Court declined to rule on in January 2011.

Read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.


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