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by Chris Bodenner

Dan Savage counters those who say that marriage equality should not be a priority for poor minorities:

Wealthy gay coupleswhatever their colorcan hire lawyers to draw up wills and powers of attorney and jerry-rig some of the protections of marriage. Full marriage equality will allow all gay couplesregardless of color, regardless of economic resourcesto access all of the protections of marriage. Marriage equality is a social justice issue.

Towleroad on the photo:

[DC residents] Sinjoyla Townsend and Angelisa Young, partnered for 12 years, were the first couple to receive a same-sex marriage license. Young said that "It's like waking up Christmas morning."

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