Certainly, an air of justice hung in the room as the ceremonies commenced.

Reginald Stanley wove that spirit into his vows to Rocky Galloway (pictured at right).

“Today, especially today, the arc of the moral universe is long and it bends toward justice,” he said, looking into Galloway’s eyes. “But today and every day the arc of my love is longer and bends toward you.”

Following the ceremony, Stanley was asked what their marriage might mean to their 15-month-old twin daughters, who had been carried down the aisle to witness the ceremony on either side of their fathers.

“My hope for them is that they will feel like their family is just like every other family in the District of Columbia,” he said. “It’s filled with love, it’s filled with equality, and fortunately, it’s filled with people who will watch out for them, who will stand up for rights, and will fight for what’s right in the world.”

It was sentiment that D.C. council member David Catania, who introduced the marriage legislation, promised would reach every corner of the country.

“As sure as we are standing here on this beautiful day in the District of Columbia with justice shining on us, it will shine over this whole nation. It will,” he said.

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