Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Washington D.C. Passes Gay Marriage Recognition Bill, Now Waits for Mayor and Congress

Washington D.C. city council passed 12 - 1 legislation that recognizes Gay Marriage preformed in other states. The only dissenting vote was that of former Mayor Marion Barry.

The vote is considered the first step toward eventually allowing gay marriages to be performed in Washington. Congress, which has final say over the city's laws, will get 30 days to review the bill assuming Democratic Mayor Adrian Fenty, a supporter, signs it. If Congress takes no action, the bill will become law automatically. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have not signaled where they stand.

This could be a huge test for our Democratic majority in the Congress.. How will they react and what will happen when this legislation gets to their desks?

David Catania, who is one of 2 openly gay members of the city council, called the issue one of fundamental fairness and said it's about acknowledging that his family is just as valid as anybody else's.

The congressional review could be the new Congress' first opportunity to signal its appetite for re-examining the Defense of Marriage Act, which bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and allows states to do the same.

I say, way to go D.C., now next step, full rights to marriage for everyone. But, maybe full rights for D.C. first.. Then it won't have to go through Congress.. what a pain in the butt for them and everyone. But at least it is a step in the right direction.

Maine, is next.. and I think I hear a vote in the near future that may be a positive sign.. now Gov. Baldacci better be making up your mind.

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