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VIDEO: First Same-Sex Couples Married in DC

This morning some of the first marriage ceremonies of same-sex couples were performed in the District of Columbia at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters.  Three couples – among the first same-sex couples to apply for marriage licenses in the DC — legally wed under the new law in consecutive ceremonies at an event sponsored by the Campaign for All D.C. Families and D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality.About the couples: Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend Officiant: Rev. David K. North, Pastor of Holy Redeemer of Metropolitan Community Churches, College Park, MD Angelisa and Sinjoyla, both African-American women who reside in Ward 8 of the District, were the first in line to register for a marriage license, and will be the first lesbian couple to legally wed in the nation’s capital. Angelisa (age 47) and Sinjoyla (age 41) have been together for 12 years and have two children. Reginald (Reggie) Stanley and Rocky Galloway Officiant: Rev Sylvia E. Sumter, Pastor of Unity of Washington, DC Reggie and Rocky, both African-American, are long-time residents of the District. They are both 50 years old and have two children. Reggie and Rocky will be married immediately following Angelisa and Sinjoyla. Participating in their ceremony will be Jim Cullion (the best man) and Cherrie McCoy (the best woman). Rev. Elder Darlene Garner and Rev. Lorilyn Candy Holmes Officiant: Rev. Dwayne Johnson, Pastor of Metropolitan Community Churches, Washington, DC Rev. Elder Darlene and Rev. Candy, both African-American, were both born in D.C. and are currently residents of Laurel, MD. Each serve in leadership roles in the MCC Church and have been active in the D.C. community for more than 20 years. Darlene (61) and Candy (53), are mothers, grandmothers and great-grandmothers, and will celebrate their legal wedding ceremony immediately following Reggie and Rocky.

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