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When D.C. began certifying marriages for gay and lesbian couples in 2010, the District was a regional novelty—the only jurisdiction south of the Mason-Dixon Line to approve marriage equality. The closest state that allowed it at the time was Connecticut. That didn’t lead to a huge boom in D.C. wedding tourism, but it did make us unique. This year, though, Maryland voters approved a marriage-equality initative, which will mean gay or lesbian couples who live on the wrong side of Western, Eastern, and Southern avenues won’t have to cross state lines to get married anymore. Consider this one bit of D.C. exceptionalism we should all be happy to share.