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Dean v. District of Columbia

Case #: 92—CV-737
Date Filed:
Ruling Date: 19 January 1995


  • Craig Robert Dean and Patrick Gerard Gill, a couple who met all of the District's requirements for a marriage license except for being of the same sex, sought an order to compel the District to issue them a marriage license.
  • The Court upheld a decision from the Superior Court of the District of Columbia denying them the license, finding that the District's marriage statute did not contemplate same-sex marriages despite being gender-neutral, that denying the license did not violate District law against discrimination based on sex or sexual orientation and that denying the license did not violate the Due Process Clause of the United States Constitution.

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