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Nation’s Capital Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Timothy Kincaid

April 7th, 2009

Today the District of Columbia voted to recognize those same-sex marriages that are performed where legal. (WJLA)

An amendment that would recognize same-sex marriages performed outside of the District of Columbia has been unanimously approved by the D.C. Council, the office of At-Large Councilman David Catania confirmed to ABC 7 News Tuesday.

Although this bill does not allow for the recognition of marriages within the District, Catania plans a bill for later this spring or summer.

The D.C. Council does not have full authority over the laws of the nation’s capital. Congress can, and often does, interfere and block legislation that would impact the residents of Washington. The reaction to the decision made by the Council may well give us a predictor about the success of future efforts to overturn DOMA.



April 7th, 2009 | LINK

As glad as I am for how the victories in Iowa, Vermont, and DC will make life easier for hundreds of gay couples, I’m also having some schadenfreude over seeing the LDS Church’s rationale that stopping gay marriage in California was a decisive victory for their side shot all to hell.

April 7th, 2009 | LINK

Let’s hope Congress has better things to do than block marriage recognition in DC.

Mario Piperni
April 10th, 2009 | LINK

It’s somewhat incredible that something as basic to human rights as gay marriage is taking so long to be recognized.

Then again, perhaps it’s not that incredible. Civil and woman’s rights were a battle and the struggle is still not over.

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