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Earlier today, the D.C. Court of Appeals declined to stay the impending legalization of same-sex marriages in Washington.

In a terse opinion [PDF] today, the appeals court refused to overturn a Superior Court judge’s decision not to postpone the District’s same-sex marriage from going into effect. Which means, barring some unlikely congressional intervention, come next Wednesday, March 3, gay couples can start lining up at the courthouse. (Pursuant to District law, they”ll have to wait three business days to actually do the deed, so no weddings till Tuesday.)

Over at the Sexist, Amanda Hess has everything you need to know about tying the knot, starting with your trip to the H. Carl Moultrie I District of Columbia Courthouse. You’ll need to bring $35 and avoid Fred Phelps & Co.

UPDATE, 5:15 P.M.: Download your new, gender-neutral marriage license application form [PDF] if you want (via GLAA Forum).

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