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Gay and Lesbian Democrats Push Marriage

The Gay and Lesbian Caucus of the DC Democratic State Committee will begin a campaign to push for the legalization of gay marriage - a bill expected to be proposed this year by Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large).

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) got the ball rolling last week with a surprise amendment that recognizes gay nuptials from other jurisdictions. The legislation received unanimous support from the council on the same day that Vermont lawmakers overturned the governor's veto there to legalize same-sex marriage.

On Monday, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, a founding chapter of the National Stonewall Democrats, is scheduled to vote on a resolution in support of gay marriage, said David Meadows, a member of the caucus.

Members of the caucus will then begin visiting Democratic committees of each ward to have discussions about the issue and to convince them to pass their own resolutions of support, Meadows said. "We feel its best to let the community speak on it," Meadows said.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  April 14, 2009; 12:10 PM ET
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It's hilarious, and pathetic. These people -- Gertrude Stein, DC Democratic State Committee, etc -- take themselves so seriously...and have no more impact on the local legislative and political environment than my dog.

Their idea for a "campaign to push for gay marriage" is to pass a resolution and then meet with Democratic committees of each Ward? Is this really the best they can come up with? It's so obviously meaningless.

It's just this silly echo chamber of maybe 40 people with no connection whatsoever to anything of consequence. Don't get me wrong: I think marriage equality is incredibly important. I just wish -- at the local DC level -- we had more than political hacks pushing this issue.

Posted by: dcnative20003 | April 14, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The first thing when I saw the title of this article, I thought, "It's about time the Democrats grew a spine." The fact that they're just deciding to vote on it now shows me how usless the Gertrude Stein club has been and continues to be.

Posted by: DCCharles | April 14, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

While obvioulsy, given recent developments, the DC Democratic Party has been plagued with it's own issues for some time and it's relevance to the community is questionable, but dcnative2003's comments sound a bit like a personal issue with party members. The 8 ward Democratic organizations across the District represent hundreds of Democratic community activists. Despite what you may think of the Democratic Party leaders, you cannot tell me that starting a conversation about marriage equality across all 8 wards of this city is meaningless. We keep talking about outreach and building coalitions, and this is one mechanism by which that conversation will be facilitated. I challenge dcnative2003 to step off their high horse and step out into the District and have the discussion of marriage equality with every day citizens from across this city, don't criticize the effort join in.

Posted by: chngeagent | April 19, 2009 11:57 PM | Report abuse

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