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D.C. Council approves same-sex marriage 11-2

In a second and final vote on the measure, the D.C. Council officially passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday afternoon. The bill awaits Mayor Adrian M. Fenty's signature -- which is expected before Christmas -- and then will go through a congressional review period. If the bill passes that hurdle, same-sex marriages could begin as early as spring 2010.

To block the legislation, the Democratic-controlled House and Senate and President Obama all would have to sign off on a disapproval resolution within 30 legislative days, which advocates say is not likely.

The vote followed statements by each Council member, including sponsor David Catania (I-At Large), who forgave those he knew would vote against the measure, and Marion Barry (D-Ward 8), who explained why he would not support it and expressed admiration for the city's gay community.

Barry and Alexander again were the two votes against the same-sex marriage bill.


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By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  December 15, 2009; 2:06 PM ET
Categories:  D.C. Council , Marion Barry , same-sex marriage  
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Done. Now just live with it. If you're not gay, this will not affect you. If you want this on a referendum, then let's put religion and stupid on the same ballot.

Posted by: jckdoors | December 15, 2009 3:07 PM | Report abuse

And in other news, a bill was introduced in Congress to repeal Home Rule for DC.

Posted by: ah___ | December 15, 2009 3:10 PM | Report abuse

YAY!

May someday we have Marriage Equality in ALL 50 states plus the D of C!!!

Posted by: Alex511 | December 15, 2009 3:11 PM | Report abuse

At least those sinners are trapped in 68 Square Miles, since their marriage isn't acknowledged in Maryland or Virginia.

Posted by: AlbyVA | December 15, 2009 3:12 PM | Report abuse

May someday we have Marriage Equality in ALL 50 states plus the D of C!!!

Posted by: Alex511
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Good Luck.. lol If the Supreme Court doesn't make it happen, you are SOL.. Because we in Virginia have modified the State Constitution defining Marriage between a Man and Woman.

God Bless Virginia!!!! The Sinners have been kept out... Maybe they'll all migrate to DC.

Posted by: AlbyVA | December 15, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

I suspect the gay community is fighting against the tide unnecessarily. The issue should be equal rights civil unions to keep all the religious and quasi-religious nutcases out of the discussion. They're the ones who whine about the "sanctity" of "marriage" and who probably contribute in equal amounts to the divorce dilemma in this country. Gays will get farther faster, I think, if they stay away from rabid religious nutcases.

Posted by: dgrahamst | December 15, 2009 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Done. Now just live with it. If you're not gay, this will not affect you. If you want this on a referendum, then let's put religion and stupid on the same ballot.

Posted by: jckdoors
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ANY THING DONE IN MY CITY WITH OUT MY APPROVAL AFFECTS ME YOU PERVERTED THANG!

Posted by: nivla | December 15, 2009 4:17 PM | Report abuse


D.C. Council approves same-sex marriage 11-2

In a second and final vote on the measure, the D.C. Council officially passed a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage on Tuesday afternoon.

What kind of amateurish writing is this, taken from today's Blog? It reads as if the council would legalize same-sex marriages only on Tuesday afternoons.

Posted by: edush | December 15, 2009 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Dear AlbyVA - all those sinners who migrate to DC will be hanging out at the Kennedy Center and they will swarm the museums and all the cool restaurants, so it might be better if you stay away.

Posted by: efavorite | December 15, 2009 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Gay marriage may be legal in DC, but Oral Roberts won't be performing any of the ceremonies.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/dc-legalizes-gay-marriage-oral-roberts-drops-dead/

Posted by: MikeLicht | December 16, 2009 1:00 AM | Report abuse

MikeLicht wrote:
Gay marriage may be legal in DC, but Oral Roberts won't be performing any of the ceremonies.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/12/16/dc-legalizes-gay-marriage-oral-roberts-drops-dead/
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You just made my day, Mike!

Posted by: RJ24 | December 16, 2009 5:10 AM | Report abuse

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