Photo by: Jacquelyn Martin

Phillip Dunham (left) of Washington and his partner, Allen Pittinger, who have been together for nine years, embrace after arriving at D.C. Superior Court in Washington to obtain a marriage license on Wednesday, March 3, 2010, the day gay marriage became legal in the District of Columbia. "Exciting, overjoyed — I think 'phenomenal' is the word," Mr. Pittinger said. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)