Even as same-sex couples in Maine and Maryland ready to say their vows, today is the third anniversary of Mayor Adrian Fenty signing marriage equality into law in the District of Columbia. Not bad for a town that has no congressional representation!
In honor of the occasion, Freedom to Marry is spotlighting JaLissa and Janell Coffee-Sterrett, just one of the many couples who have codified their relationship since the law took effect in March 2010.
JaLissa and Janell married on September 10, 2011 in Washington, D.C., where they now live and work as educators. The women met at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, at Club Day on the Mall, a regular start-of-semester event at the university where student organizations could share information and recruit new members. Janell was there representing a praise dance group, where members express religion and faith through dance, and JaLissa was interested. She had been involved in a similar organization in her hometown, and she was excited to stay involved with it in school.
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