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DC Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

May 5, 2009

DC Recognizes Same-Sex Marriage

The District of Columbia  Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in U.S. states that permit them.

Councilman Marion Barry voted for the measure on the first ballot, against it on the second. Perhaps that puzzling action indicates approval of marriages between bisexuals.

Same-sex marriage is currently legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and Massachusetts.  Four more states (Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey and New York) are expected to permit same-sex marriages within the next year. Several more states recognize cetain legal aspects of same-sex unions.



Image (The Wedding Couple, after Abbott Handerson Thayer and Richard E. Miller) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht,

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May 5, 2009


Today commemorates the invention of the margarita cocktail the defeat of French expeditionary forces led by Charles Ferdinand Latrille, Comte de Lorencez, by outnumbered Mexican forces under Ignacio Zaragoza Seguín at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. Mexico owed Napoleon III money, so the French invaded Vera Cruz and unsuccessfully tried to foreclose on the city of La Puebla de Los Ángeles.

May 5th is not an official holiday in Mexico because people there know that the French went on to capture Mexico City, install Austrian Archduke Maximilian as Emperor, and inflict the polka on their helpless conquered nation.  Many U.S. citizens celebrate Cinco de Mayo, though, perhaps because General Zaragoza was born in Texas.