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Love wins: Gay marriage in Washington DC

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(Read caption) Morgan Murphy (r.) holds a placard to show her support for same sex couples applying for marriage licenses at the DC Superior Court on March 3 in Washington. The US Supreme Court refused on March 2 to block a law allowing same-sex marriages in Washington DC, clearing the way for the legislation to go into effect Wednesday.

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The photos on the front page of the Washington Post are usually depressing. War, natural disasters, and other tragedies provide a seemingly endless stream of sad or horrifying images.

Not so this morning. When I picked up my paper, the images were joyful, depicting happy same-sex couples who were finally able to apply for marriage licenses in our nation’s capital. I went to the WaPo’s web site and discovered that it has a whole slide show of photos of happy couples.

I often tell my students that, in my humble opinion, one purpose of government is to help people be happy. The DC government did a good job on Wednesday.

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