The Associated Press Craig Dean, holds a photo of himself with his late partner, Patrick Gill, Dec. 20 during an interview at Dean’s home in Socastee, S.C. Dean and Gill sued the city in 1990 for the right to be legally wed. They lost their landmark case five years later, and Gill died of AIDS in 1997.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Some churches in Washington D.C. are scheduling weddings for gay and lesbian couples now that same-sex marriage has become legal in the nation's capital.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday refused to block the law from taking effect, freeing the city to issue its first marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
Couples must then wait three full business days for their licenses before exchanging vows.
The senior minister of Washington's All Souls Unitarian Church, the Rev. Robert Hardies, says his phone is "ringing off the hook" with gay and lesbian couples asking to schedule weddings.
Hardies says he'll perform a same-sex wedding next Tuesday and another on the following Sunday, with more sure to follow. He's one of 200 local pastors who supported legalizing same-sex marriage.
Other pastors failed to convince city officials and the courts that voters should decide the issue.
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