April 7th, 2009
05:47 PM ET
3 months ago

D.C. measure would recognize same-sex marriage

Congress may weigh in on same-sex marriage in the nation’s capital.
Congress may weigh in on same-sex marriage in the nation’s capital.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - On the same day that Vermont's House and Senate voted to override GOP Gov. Jim Douglas' veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, the Washington City Council voted 12-0 Tuesday in favor of allowing same-sex marriages performed in other states to be recognized in the nation's capital.

But nothing is set in stone yet.

The Washington council is expected to hold a final vote on May 5. The bill would then go to Mayor Adrian Fenty, a Democrat who supports gay marriage but told WTOP.com Tuesday that he has yet to review the legislation.

If approved, the measure would then encounter its biggest potential hurdle: It would be sent to Congress for a legislative review and vote, setting up what would amount to a straight up-or-down vote on same-sex marriage.

Because Washington is not a state, its legislation must pass congressional muster. Some measures approved by overwhelmingly Democratic Washington voters, including a restrictive gun law and a proposal decriminalizing medical marijuana use, have been vetoed by Congress in recent years.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Georgie Porgie

    It is about time the US recognizes there are more over no reasons why gay marriage is a threat to anyone's life, I mean exactly how does it affect a straight persons' life? Will there be a line up to buy rings? Yes maybe.

    I don't see why straight people have a monopoly on marriage, after all 50 percent of theirs end up in divorce.

    April 7, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Paul H

    Government dictating to the people! Notice all of this is taking place under our noses, and none of it by a vote of the people.
    It's always the courts, or government that make these things happen. It's never an overwhelming voice of the people.
    You need look no farther than California for an example of the vote by the people. Especially the black vote!
    Tea party anyone!!

    April 7, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  3. Michigander

    I can hear Hannity and Rush imploding as we write: Obama is not only socialist, he's going to turn this country into a haven for those evil gay people. And he calls himself a Christian! Hooompf! Better get those guns ready, because between the illegals and the gays, there will be nothing left of the "real America."

    Thank God, it will now become the BETTER America!

    April 7, 2009 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  4. Veronica

    Somewhere, another republican head explodes ... LOL

    April 7, 2009 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  5. Steve (the real one)

    Ladies and gentlemen, we truly are on a highway to hell!

    April 7, 2009 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  6. GuyInVA

    I believe the full faith and credit clause in the Constitution beat you to it. Although I don't support same sex marriage, I believe the Defense Of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. It will take a constitutional amendment before states can refuse to recognize same sex marriages legally performed in other states.

    April 7, 2009 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  7. Michael in NC

    This is pretty cool. People are coming to their senses. I sure hope NC isn't one of the last states to legalize gay marriage. That'd be kind of embarrassing to live in one of the close-minded holdouts.

    April 7, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
  8. greg's progressive movement

    its simply equality in the land of the free, what's wrong with that, and dont give that religious crap, you know no more facts that anyone else, unless you are 6000+ years old,,,,, didnt think so, so stop legislating your moral mythology on the free people of this country.

    oh and by the way, i believe in God and i know better than to limit his power or even begin to think i know what he thinks, i'm not that arrogant.

    so yeah, its simply equality for all Americans!

    April 7, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. greg's progressive movement

    women call it equality

    blacks call it equality

    gays call it equality

    you got a problem with equality?

    April 7, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. Willy Brown

    Sad just sad.

    April 7, 2009 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  11. proud army navy mom

    Everyone should have an opportunity to get married and be just as miserable as everyone else! please let's stop the discrimination.

    April 7, 2009 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  12. S Callahan

    I know the minority would love for me to support this but it's just not going to work in trying to legilate morality....there is a consequence to this...and that is what is not being addressed.

    April 7, 2009 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |