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Barry Hospitalized, Will Miss Council Meeting

Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) has been hospitalized for dehydration, Bernadette Tolson, his chief of staff, confirmed.

He went to Howard University Hospital at about 3 a.m. Tuesday and will not be at today's council meeting, where Council member David A. Catania (I-At Large) will introduce gay marriage legislation.

Barry, who has been a champion of gay rights in the past, drew criticism earlier this year when he did not support legislation that recognized same-sex nuptials from other jurisdictions.

Barry has struggled with his health, but earlier this year underwent a successful kidney transplant.

UPDATE 11:03 a.m.: Natalie Williams, Barry's spokeswoman, just sent out a news release: "According to Dr. Clive Callender, Mr. Barry continues to recover successfully just 7 months after undergoing a kidney transplant on February 20, 2009. He is expected to be hospitalized for a few days."

-- Nikita Stewart

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  October 6, 2009; 10:34 AM ET
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