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Fenty to sign same-sex marriage bill

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) said he expects the bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the District to hit his desk Thursday and will probably hold a bill-signing ceremony Friday.

Fenty said the details have not been worked out, but he will give special recognition of his signature.

The D.C. Council voted 11 to 2 on Tuesday to allow gay couples to marry and to have the same rights as heterosexual married couples. Under Home Rule, the legislation is subject to a congressional review after Fenty signs it.

Gay marriage opponents have been lobbying federal legislators to block the bill. But advocates say they do not expect interference from the Democratic-controlled Senate and House or President Obama.

-- Nikita Stewart

By Washington Post Editors  |  December 17, 2009; 12:28 PM ET
Categories:  City Life , Congressional Oversight , D.C. Council , Mayor Fenty , Nikita Stewart , same-sex marriage  
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Kudos to DC!

Onward to equality,
Joe Mustich, Justice of the Peace,
Washington, Connecticut, USA.

Posted by: cornetmustich | December 17, 2009 2:01 PM | Report abuse


Send him back to the 4th ward where all the lightskinned people think a like.

Posted by: blkisin | December 17, 2009 2:54 PM | Report abuse

blkisin: you do realize that not all dark-skinned people think alike, right? there are many GLBT people and their families--non-white and white--who are ecstatic that they now receive the same benefits as everyone else. let's not assume that all non-white people think GLBT residents aren't just as deserving of full legal protection as all other residents. i'd hesitate to call all people of a certain race inherently discriminatory against gays and lesbians.

Posted by: antisean | December 17, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Homophobia is intolerance which brings no benefit. Same-sex marriage is a right which all LGBT people must have access to in every state of the United States. It's good that Mayor Fenty will sign the necessary bill that will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Washington, D.C. The bill which the Mayor will sign isn't an ordinary bill and is why it deserves a signing ceremony which the Mayor will do to celebrate equality for LGBT people.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | December 17, 2009 5:04 PM | Report abuse

I hope he signs it sooner rather than later. I want those 30 legislative days to start ticking while congress is still debating healthcare. Federal-level Democrats have said they can't act on LGBT issues because they're too busy. I'd like to see their more conservative members justify opposition now.

Posted by: DCCharles | December 17, 2009 8:15 PM | Report abuse

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