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46-401 - Equal access to marriage

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Washington DC Code - Title 46: Domestic Relations ? Subtitle 1: General ? Chapter 4: Marriage 46-401

Equal access to marriage

(a) Marriage is the legally recognized union of 2 persons. Any person may enter into a marriage in the District of Columbia with another person, regardless of gender, unless the marriage is expressly prohibited by § 46-401.01 or § 46-403. (b) Where necessary to implement the rights and responsibilities relating to the marital relationship or familial relationships, gender-specific terms shall be construed to be gender neutral for all purposes throughout the law, whether in the context of statute, administrative or court rule, policy, common law, or any other source of civil law.

CREDIT(S) (Mar. 3, 1901, 312 Stat. 1391, ch. 854, 1283, as added Mar. 3, 2010, D.C. Law 18-110, § 2(b), 57 DCR 27.) HISTORICAL AND STATUTORY NOTES Legislative History of Laws Law 18-110, the ?Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009?, was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 18-482, which was referred to the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. The bill was adopted on first and second readings on December 1, 2009, and December 15, 2009, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on December 18, 2009, it was assigned Act No. 18-248 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 18-110 became effective on March 3, 2010. Law 18-9, the ?Jury and Marriage Amendment Act of 2009?, was introduced in Council and assigned Bill No. 18-10 which was referred to the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary. The Bill was adopted on first and second readings on April 7, 2009, and May 5, 2009, respectively. Signed by the Mayor on May 6, 2009, it was assigned Act No. 18-70 and transmitted to both Houses of Congress for its review. D.C. Law 18-9 became effective on July 7, 2009. Editor's Notes Former § 46-401 has been recodified as § 46-401.01 by D.C. Law 18-110, § 2(a). DC CODE § 46-401 Current through January 11, 2012

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