Same-Sex Couples Head To Courthouse | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Filed Under:

Same-Sex Couples Head To Courthouse

Play associated audio

By Rebecca Sheir

It's the first day same-sex couples can apply for marriage licenses in Washington, D.C.

The marriage bureau is offering new, gender-neutral license applications, which ask applicants to fill in the name of each "spouse," rather than the "bride" and "groom." And at civil marriage ceremonies performed at the Courthouse, the booklet for the person officiating the ceremony now reads, "I now pronounce you legally married," instead of "I now pronounce you man and wife."

Advocates of same-sex marriage say they expect more than 200 people to show up at Moultrie Courthouse today. The marriage bureau is bringing in extra staff in anticipation of the rush.

Washington will be the sixth place in the U.S. that allows gay marriages to be performed. Because of a mandatory waiting period, couples won't be able to say "I do" until next Tuesday.

NPR

'Passages' Author Reflects On Her Own Life Journey

Gail Sheehy is famous for her in-depth profiles of influential people, as well as her 1976 book on common adult life crises. Now she turns her eye inward, in her new memoir Daring: My Passages.
NPR

Syrup Induces Pumpkin-Spiced Fever Dreams

Hugh Merwin, an editor at Grub Street, bought a 63-ounce jug of pumpkin spice syrup and put it in just about everything he ate for four days. As he tells NPR's Scott Simon, it did not go well.
NPR

Texas Gubernatorial Candidates Go To The Border To Court Voters

Republicans have won every statewide office in Texas for 20 years, but the growing Hispanic population tends to vote Democrat, and the GOP's survival may depend on recruiting Hispanic supporters.
NPR

In San Diego, A Bootcamp For Data Junkies

Natasha Balac runs a two-day boot camp out of the San Diego Supercomputer Center for people from all types of industries to learn the tools and algorithms to help them analyze data and spot patterns in their work.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.