Thanks to The Gays.
In the first three months of this year, there were just 376 marriage applications processed in Washington, DC. But, since March 3rd, when gay marriage became legal in the District, the marriage license office has received 2,082 applications. The District is on target to issue four times as many marriage licenses this year as they did in 2009.
Of course, this spike has nothing to do with heterosexuals flooding marriage license bureaus hoping to get their "I do's" on. It's because DC is the first region in the area to offer legalized marriage to lesbian and gay couples. It's.The.Gays. And to make the news even sweeter, marriage license fees go to the Washington DC Court's Crime Victim's Compensation Fund, which means there is an increase in revenue for victims of violent crimes.
And while some people, mostly the ultra-conservative religious right, are still fighting the onset of marriage equality in DC, Kelly Collins spoke about her wedding to Tricia McCarthy:
"It's really important just legally to be recognized as a family. That's all we want. We don't want to change marriage. We don't want to change the institution of marriage. We just want to join the institution of marriage."'
Nicely said, Kelly. And best wishes to you and Tricia.