Love wins: Gay marriage in Washington DC

The DC government did a good thing Wednesday by allowing same-sex couples to marry.

Morgan Murphy (r.) holds a placard to show her support for same sex couples applying for marriage licenses at the DC Superior Court on March 3 in Washington. The US Supreme Court refused on March 2 to block a law allowing same-sex marriages in Washington DC, clearing the way for the legislation to go into effect Wednesday.

The photos on the front page of the Washington Post are usually depressing. War, natural disasters, and other tragedies provide a seemingly endless stream of sad or horrifying images.

Not so this morning. When I picked up my paper, the images were joyful, depicting happy same-sex couples who were finally able to apply for marriage licenses in our nation’s capital. I went to the WaPo’s web site and discovered that it has a whole slide show of photos of happy couples.

I often tell my students that, in my humble opinion, one purpose of government is to help people be happy. The DC government did a good job on Wednesday.

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