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Gay Marriage Coming To District Of Columbia Too?

April 7, 2009

There is yet another story to report in the fight for civil rights tonight.

On the same day that Vermont’s House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, the Washington City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday in favor of allowing same-sex marriages performed in other states to be recognized in the nation’s capital.

But nothing is set in stone yet.

The Washington council is expected to hold a final vote on May 5. The bill would then go to Mayor Adrian Fenty, a Democrat who supports gay marriage but told Tuesday that he has yet to review the legislation.

If approved, the measure would then encounter its biggest potential hurdle: It would be sent to Congress for a legislative review and vote, setting up what would amount to a straight up-or-down vote on same-sex marriage.

Because Washington is not a state, its legislation must pass congressional muster. Some measures approved by overwhelmingly Democratic Washington voters, including a restrictive gun law and a proposal decriminalizing medical marijuana use, have been vetoed by Congress in recent years.

“This is a right that should be enjoyed by all of our citizens,” Council Member Jack Evans, a Democrat, said in an interview with WTOP. “Today is another major step toward the ultimate goal of all of us living in a city and a country where everyone is treated equally.”

  1. April 8, 2009 4:56 PM

    Leave it to Vermont and Iowa to be the most progressive states in the nation, shame on us here in California for passing Prop 9. Whether you call it Gay Marriage or Civil Union, the basic premise is that every person should have equal rights. It’s good to see that some states are progressing, I made a list on my site of the states I think will legalize Gay Marriage first:

  2. izle permalink
    April 8, 2009 1:44 PM

    i don’t understand gay guys :S

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