August 20, 2014
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Black Justice Coalition Celebrates Enactment Of DC Marriage Equality Law





The National Black Justice Coalition celebrates the enactment of historic Marriage Equality legislation in our nation’s capital. After months of speculation that some members of Congress would attempt to block the D.C. marriage equality law, Congress chose to remain on the sidelines and not obstruct advancement of this legislation. In addition, the Supreme Court yesterday refused the requests of outspoken equality opponents seeking to block the law. 

“We salute the nation's capital today for setting the tone of national reconciliation for our LGBT brothers and sisters seeking marriage equality,” said Sharon J. Lettman, Executive Director and CEO of the Nation Black Justice Coalition (NBJC). “It is monumental that in the capital city, with a Congress divided on so many pressing issues, equal access to the altar has been granted to LGBT residents.”

Under the bill, which goes into effect today, the city will recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries, and same-sex couples wishing to marry can apply for marriage licenses. 

“NBJC credits the hard work of District residents, Congresswoman Norton, Mayor Fenty, the DC City Council, DC for Marriage, Campaign for All DC Families and all those concerned about equality who helped to make this dream a reality for hundreds of thousands of LGBT residents of the nation’s capital,” said Lettman.

The District’s GLBT Affairs Office has posted information about the process for applying for a marriage license and about recognition of your marriage in Washington, D.C. here.

The National Black Justice Coalition (www.NBJC.org) is a civil rights organization dedicated to empowering Black lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. Its mission is to eradicate racism and homophobia. NBJC envisions a world where all people are fully empowered to participate safely, openly and honestly in family, faith and community, regardless of race, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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Renna Communications, 1601 Connecticut Ave., NW Suite 801, Washington, DC 20009 United States

 Contact: Stacey Gates, sgates@nbjc.org
Office: 202-319-1552, ext. 25



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