Same-sex marriage is coming to the District
You probably didn't hear this late last week, but a motion was denied to block Washington's same-sex marriage law from going into effect at the conclusion of Congress's 30-day legislative review period. That means in six days -- March 3 -- same-sex couples in the District will be able to legally wed. Washington would become the sixth jurisdiction to permit gay marriage and the first below the Mason-Dixon Line.
City Councilman David Catania (I-At Large) deserves the credit for devising the strategy to make it possible. Before going for full marriage equality, he got his colleagues on the City Council last year to pass and the mayor to sign a law recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. And it could be a model one-two strategy to legalize gay nuptials in other states. Just yesterday Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) said that the Free State will immediately begin recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere.
This is significant for two reasons. First, gay families, particularly those in the District, can now think of relocating to Maryland. It also means that Maryland potentially has begun the road to full marriage equality. It'll take time. But it won't take too long for folks there to realize the sky won't fall because married gays and lesbians live next door.
| February 25, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
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