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.
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