Same-sex couples turn out to apply for marriage licenses in DC

March 3 is a big day in Washington, as same-sex couples are now able to apply for marriage licenses.

March 3 is a big day in Washington, as same-sex couples are now able to apply for marriage licenses. The Washington Post covered the scene at the DC Superior Court this morning, noting that processing the licenses takes three days, so the marriages themselves will not start until March 9. Events and receptions are taking place around the city today.

It will be interesting to follow how this news will affect business and communications in the Washington area. When California approved same-sex marriage in 2008, many set about to prove how this would positively affect businesses and how PR and communications professionals could leverage the situation. A study from UCLA's Williams Institute said that same-sex marriages in California would have added $683.8 million over the next three years, generating almost 2,200 new jobs for the state.

While the Washington area, of course, is not as large as the state of California, this rule will also impact decisions in other states regarding same-sex marriage, especially after the Supreme Court declined to reverse the DC Superior Court's ruling.

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