Gay couples will likely be able to apply March 2 for marriage licenses in D.C.
That's the day the city now projects a bill it passed legalizingsame-sex marriage will go into effect. The date was listed on thebill on the city's Web site.
The D.C. City Council passed a bill last month authorizingsame-sex marriage. But the bill, which has been signed by Mayor Adrian Fenty, didn't go into effect immediately. Congress oversees theDistrict's laws, and the bill must pass a 30-day period of review by Congress.
The City Council determined the bill's projected effective dateby looking at Congress' calendar, but the date could still change if Congress adjusts its schedule.
Couples should be able to apply for licenses on the day the law takes effect, said Mafara Hobson, a spokeswoman for the mayor.
But couples won't be able to marry on that day. The district has a waiting period, so three full business days must pass between when a couple files an application for a license to when a license is issued.
If the bill becomes law on March 2, a Tuesday, a couple thatapplies that day would be issued their license on Monday, March 8, because the marriage bureau is not open on weekends.