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Washington D.C.'s First Lesbian and Gay Marriage

The first gay couples to be married in the District were joined after their ceremonies Tuesday morning by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), reports the Washington Post.

The mayor, who signed legislation to legalize same-sex marriage in December, congratulated the couples with a champagne toast and said their weddings were "a great step forward for equality and for our city that has always been a standard bearer for treating people equally and justly."

Angelisa Young, 41, and Sinjoyla Townsend, 47, the first gay couple to apply for a marriage license after the District legalized same sex-unions, are now married. They have made history as the first black lesbian couple to wed. Check out live clips from their ceremony!

Rocky Galloway and Reginald Stanley were also joined in marriage Tuesday, and are the first black gay couple to wed.
Both couples were married at the headquarters for the Human Rights Campaign, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender lobbying group. A few protesters attended the ceremony but were escorted out due to disruptive behavior. This did not stop the proceedings or the excitement between the couples and their supporters.

Congratulations to both couples...may their marriage be filled with happiness and fulfillment.