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DC Reaffirms Recognition of Marriage

Timothy Kincaid

May 5th, 2009

In the first week of April the Council of Washington, D.C. unanimously voted to recognize same-sex marriages conducted in such as as where they are legal. Today, with a required second vote, they again passed the bill recognizing marriage by a 12 – 1 vote.

The sole dissent was Marion Barry, the one-time mayor who has been married four times, busted by the FBI for crack cocaine possession and use, indicted for tax evasion, and jailed for six months, who claimed that he was a “moral leader” by opposing marriage recognition. Barry said that black residents of the nation’s capital would not allow marriage to be recognized.

“All hell is going to break lose,” Barry said while speaking to reporters. “We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this.”

The bill will now advance to the mayor, a marriage supporter (NY Times)

The bill, which was approved by a 12-1 vote after an emotional debate, must first be signed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a step that is considered a formality since he has already said he supports the measure. Then the committees in the House and Senate that oversee the District of Columbia would have 30 session days to review the law.

To overturn it, the House and Senate would have to send a joint resolution to President Obama for his signature. If Congress chooses not to take action within those 30 days, however, the law would automatically go into effect.



May 6th, 2009 | LINK

Just to be clear, I believe the 30 day Congressional review is actually 30 legislative days, which means any time Congress has been adjourned does not count. I assume they will adjourn for the Memorial Day weekend, and potentially other time periods, so it can take up to 60 days for that review period to complete.

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