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Saturday, March 02, 2013

Supreme Court refused to block DC same-sex marriage law
Arjun Mishra at 12:00 AM ET

On March 2, 2010, the Supreme Court rejected an appeal to prevent Washington DC's same-sex marriage law from taking effect. Chief Justice John Roberts, acting as the DC Circuit judge, abjured [PDF] an application requesting a stay of the Religion Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Act of 2009 pending further review. Roberts wrote that the Court was unlikely to grant the appeal, and the DC Superior Court immediately began accepting same-sex marriage applications. DC became the sixth US jurisdiction to recognize same-sex marriage, following Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.

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