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by Rex Wockner- SGN Contributing Writer

Gay marriages start March 9 in D.C.
Barring any unexpected success by militant anti-Gay activists, same-sex marriages will begin taking place in Washington, D.C., on March 9.

Gay couples can pick up licenses starting March 3 but all couples must wait three business days between obtaining a license and getting married.

The D.C. Council legalized same-sex marriage in an 11-2 vote December 15 and Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the bill December 18. The measure then moved to Congress for a review period of 30 "legislative" days. It did not encounter any opposition there.

Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese called the legalization of Gay marriage in the District of Columbia "a huge victory [that] means a great deal coming after marriage-equality losses in New York and Maine."

D.C. already has a law that recognizes the marriages of same-sex couples who got married elsewhere in the world.

Same-sex marriage also is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont; in Belgium, Canada, the Netherlands, Norway, South Africa, Spain and Sweden; and in Argentina's Tierra del Fuego province. It will become legal this month or next in Mexico City, Portugal and, probably, Buenos Aires.

NYC Gays march in Chinatown parade
Some 300 Gays and Lesbians marched in the Lunar New Year parade in Manhattan's Chinatown on February 21.

The contingent was joined by Irish and South Asian LGBTs, who have been banned from the city's St. Patrick's Day and India Day parades.

Steven Tin, head of the Better Chinatown Society, which organizes the new-year parade, told the New York Daily News he didn't see any reason to exclude Gay marchers.

West Virginia constitutional-amendment effort blocked
Democrats in West Virginia's House of Delegates on February 23 stopped Republicans from advancing a resolution supporting the idea of a voter referendum to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage.

Republicans were attempting to force the measure out of committee and onto the House floor for a vote.

West Virginia already prohibits same-sex marriage and blocks recognition of same-sex marriages from other states or countries.

State Republicans, however, would like to see the ban inserted into the state constitution so it would be harder to overturn.

With assistance from Bill Kelley

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