Tuesday, May 05, 2009

DC Council passes recognition of same-sex marriages is other states, 12-1

The District of Columbia city council has approved recognition of out-of-state same-sex marriages by a 12-1 vote Tuesday. Former mayor Marion Barry cast the sole dissenting vote.

The matter must now move to Congress. The prospect is troubling because Congress could mix the matter up with other national matters, such as ENDA or the Military Readiness Act that would end “don’t ask don’t tell” for gays in the military.

There were moderate demonstrations by both sides of the issue today, at 1350 Pennsylvania Ave. Later media reports indicated strong demonstrations at the Wilson Blvd, necessitating security to maintain order. The anti-gay-marriage forces were particularly vehement.

The WJLA story is here.

The bill appears to be Item #3 “Domestic Partnership Judicial Determination of Parentage” 18-66 on the May 5, 2009 agenda today in the Consent (B) section.

Update: May 9, 2009

Mayor Adrian Fenty has signed the bill. The Blade story by Chibbaro is "Fenty signs same-sex marriage recognition bill: Measure next goes to Capitol Hill for review," link here.

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