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Know Your Rights

Prior to the enactment of specific laws concerning the LGBTQ community, multiple human rights regulations were already protecting anyone based on sexual orientation and/or gender orientation. Title I of the DC Code Chapter 25 § 1-2502, defines it as:

(28) "Sexual orientation" means male or female homosexuality, heterosexuality and bisexuality, by preference or practice.

The following laws and regulations may apply to the GLBT community, including:

  • DC Code §1-529 Spouse equity
  • DC Code §1-612.31 and 32(b) Voluntary leave transfer program
  • DC Code §1-621-07, 623.10 and 33 Health benefit coverage
  • DC Code §1-2512, 2515, 2519 and 2520 Unlawful discriminatory practices in employment, real estate transactions, public accommodations and educational institutions
  • DC Code §2-1401 Human rights definitions
  • DC Code §4-201.01, 205.22, 213.01, 218.01, 1301.02 Public assistance support actions
  • DC Code §7-205, 215 and 219 Vital records - Birth and marriage registration
  • DC Code §7-1601 AIDS health care definitions
  • DC Code §16-1001 Intrafamily proceedings definitions
  • DC Code §16-2345 Changes to new birth record upon marriage or determination of natural parents
  • DC Code §16-2501 Change of name
  • DC Code §21-2113 Uniform general power of attorney, related to personal and family maintenance
  • DC Code §21-2202 Health-care decisions 
  • DC Code §22-201 and 501 Criminal offenses and penalties concerning adultery and bigamy
  • DC Code §22-3700 Bias-related crime definitions
  • DC Code §31-3303.07 Health insurance portability and accountability
  • DC Code §32-501 Family and medical leave
  • DC Code §32-701, 702(i), 704, 705(a), 705(b), 705(c), 705(d), 706 Health care benefits expansion
  • DC Code §32-1201 Parental leave definitions
  • DC Code §32-1501 Worker's compensation definitions
  • DC Code §42-1102, 3404.02(b)(c), and 3651.05(c)(3)
  • DC Code §46-301.01 Interstate family support definitions
  • DC Code §46-405 Illegal marriages entered into in another jurisdiction
  • DC Code §47-601 Property rights enumerated
  • DC Code §50-1501.02(e)(4) Adding joint ownership to registration of motor vehicles

Specific acts and amendments to acts include:

  • Bias-Related Crime Act of 1989
  • Omnibus Domestic Partnership Equality Amendment Act of 2008 (Law 17-231))
  • Jury and Marriage Amendment Act of 2009, B18-0010, A18-0070B18-0010, A18-0070

Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the Religious Freedom & Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009 into law on Dec. 15, 2009. After 30 days, the District government review period ended and the law went into effect unopposed on March 3, 2010.