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The Fight for Equality: DC Marriage One Year Later

Post submitted by Dan Rafter, Former HRC Associate Director of Communications

One year after the nation’s capital recognized full marriage equality, support is growing for the issue –as are calls on President Obama to vocally and publically back marriage for all committed couples.

Last March, Rev. Elder Darlene Garner and Rev. Candy Holmes were among the first same-sex couples to marry following the passage of marriage equality in the District of Columbia. They were one of three couples to marry at HRC on March 9, 2010, in some of the first same-sex wedding ceremonies ever to take place in DC. One year later, Darlene and Candy’s marriage is strong, and both say legal recognition of their relationship has allowed their love for one another to deepen. “From the very first second after we were pronounced legally married, we felt different. There was an element of something deeper – an even more profound depth of commitment at that moment,” said Darlene. All committed couples have the right to the recognition and love Darlene and Candy experience on a daily basis – and we’re seeing progress.

The Obama administration’s decision not to defend the constitutionality of DOMA in court cases is an important step forward – but anti-equality forces are waging formidable battles in states across the country. The full backing of President Obama will go a long way in convincing state legislators – many of whom are facing intense pressure from anti-gay special interest groups – to do the right thing and support marriage equality. “We show the faces, we show the families, we show the children. You can’t but help to know that there is a reason and a purpose for legislating freedom and liberation,” said Candy. Darlene and Candy are calling on President Obama to support full marriage equality now. Join them by visiting

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