First Same-Sex Marriages Celebrated in D.C.

Mayor Adrian Fenty to attend the weddings of three African-American couples.

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Arguments before the D.C. Court of Appeals are set for May, and no matter what the decision, the legal battle over marriage equality in D.C. is bound to go on for a while. It's still possible that D.C. could be the next California--where a brief recognition of marriage rights is followed by those rights taken away by a popular vote.

Marriage equality activists say that even if same-sex marriage is put to a vote in the District, they expect to prevail. They point to a 2006 poll of the city conducted on behalf of the Foundation for All D.C. Families showing the black vote closely divided--with 43 percent of African Americans voting no and 41 percent voting yes.

On the eve of his marriage, Reggie Stanley, who has two baby twin daughters with his partner, Rocky, said that he's not afraid of a citywide initiative taking away their marriage rights: "I was thinking the other day of the saying, the arc of history always bends toward justice. In this case, I think it's the arc of love always bends toward justice."

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