Angelisa Young and Sinjoyla Townsend could be your neighbors, your coworkers, or your friends. They met in school, like so many other couples. But unlike many other couples, they were not allowed to legally marry in D.C. – until recently, that is. In fact, several years ago they gave up waiting and had a commitment ceremony in Maryland. However, they still dreamed of the day when they could legally wed.
That dream came true last week when the D.C. Superior Court began accepting marriage license applications from same-sex couples. Young and Townsend were among the first same-sex couples to be married in the District. As a result, they have gotten a lot of public attention. Though they are eager to be out of the public eye, they understand that this is a significant moment for the LGBT community. Says Young in a Washington Post article: “’I am doing this because I love my partner and we deserve to be married,’ Young says. ‘But I am also doing this because the first one is always the hardest.’"
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