At least 50 same-sex couples were lined up to apply for marriage licenses when city offices opened Wednesday, the day the unions became legal in the nation’s capitol.
Cheering erupted from the crowd when the first couple signed in at the city’s marriage bureau inside the Moultrie courthouse, just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. Because of a mandatory waiting period of three business days, however, couples won’t actually be able to marry in the District of Columbia until March 9.
Court officials have been told to expect up to 200 people. They plan to have five people taking applications instead of the usual two.
Change in country’s mood?
Mike and Tobey Slagenweit-Coffman of Arlington, Va., had a civil union in Vermont and a big church wedding in Minnesota, but wanted to get legally married in D.C. Tobey Slagenweit-Coffman said allowing same-sex marriages in the nation’s capital is historic.
“It’s signaling definitely a change in the mood of the country,” he said.
Washington will be the sixth place in the nation where gay marriages can take place. Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont currently issue licenses to same-sex couples. To deal with the expected crowd Wednesday, the marriage bureau will bring in temporary employees to help its regular staff, courthouse spokeswoman Leah Gurowitz said. “Everybody who wants a marriage license is going to get one. It may take a little longer, but they will get their license,” Gurowitz said.
Personally I’m against it. I mean there have been churches I haven’t joined because the Pastor said that he would join a gay couple in relationship. How are you going raise your children. It is a blessing to create and raise a child. Imagine that child leaving home (from a same sex couple) going to school to see male & female couples. That child is going to believe that is wrong. The crazy thing to me, homosexuals are getting T.V shows and in churches like its not against GOD’s word! Then they got nerve to say say you not Christian!
So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate – Mathew 19:6
For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh – Ephesians 5:31
The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does. And likewise the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does. 5 Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. –Corinthians 7:4-5
Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered – 1 Peter3:7
Believe what you like. I don’t see how the road to destruction is mapped out in the Bible. The way to save it is also in the Bible too.