*With the issuing of the first marriage licenses to same-sex couples Tuesday, Washington, DC follows five states – from Iowa to Massachusetts – in allowing gay couples to marry.

Same-sex couples were first able to apply for licenses March 3 but, like all couples, had to follow the city’s three-day waiting period before getting hitched.

Mayor Adrian Fenty, who signed legislation in December to legalize same-sex marriage, congratulated the newlyweds after their services, saying the weddings “were a great step forward for equality and for our city that has always been a standard-bearer for treating people equally and justly.”

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