Family Equality Council Applauds D.C. City Council Vote in Favor of Marriage Equality

“Today I applaud the Washington, D.C. City
Council for voting 11-2 in favor of marriage equality. It is time
that our nation’s capital show full support to the nearly 4,000
LGBT families living in the District. While D.C. has been a
longtime leader in recognizing that ALL families deserve
the rights and privileges associated with relationship recognition,
it has only recently begun  recognizing the marriages of
out-of-state LGBT couples. Today the D.C. City Council took the
critical first step to fully support and protect the families
living in the District by voting in favor of marriage
Jennifer Chrisler, Executive Director

DC Council takes first vote on same-sex marriage

This article is cross posted at The Washington Post

The Associated Press
Tuesday, December 1, 2009

WASHINGTON — In the first of two votes on allowing same-sex
marriage in the nation’s capital, the District of Columbia City
Council has passed the bill 11 to 2.The D.C. Council voted for the
first time Tuesday. The bill has been expected to pass, as 10 of
the 13 council members co-sponsored its introduction. A second,
final vote is expected for later in the month, and D.C.’s mayor has
promised to sign the bill.

Marriages would begin in the city as soon as the bill passes a
period of Congressional review. Congress likely will not alter the

Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont and Connecticut already allow same-sex
marriage. New Hampshire will join them Jan. 1.