May 5th, 2009
12:40 PM ET
5 years ago

D.C. council votes to recognize same-sex marriage

While the council voted to recognize same-sex marriages, those marriages are not currently allowed in the district.
While the council voted to recognize same-sex marriages, those marriages are not currently allowed in the district.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Washington D.C. City Council voted 12-1 Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages from states that allow those unions.

Mayor Adrian Fenty has indicated he will sign the measure. It will then become law after a mandatory 30-day congressional review period if Congress fails to overturn the measure.

Former Mayor Marion Barry cast the lone dissenting vote.

While the council voted to recognize same-sex marriages, those marriages are not currently allowed in the district.

Three states - Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Iowa - currently allow same-sex marriages. A law passed by Vermont legislators that makes gay and lesbian marriages legal takes affect in September. New Hampshire lawmakers are close to passing a similar bill.

Fifty-four percent of adults questioned in an April 23-26 nationwide CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll said that marriages between gay or lesbian couples should not be recognized as valid, with 44 percent suggesting they should be considered legal.


Filed under: Same-sex marriage
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. Victor

    Hmmm, been thinking of a move to DC. Seeing how progressive the city really is puts me one step closer. I think when states passing laws and discriminating against LGBTs see the brain drain it causes them, tides may change.

    May 5, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  2. adbnunya

    Marion Barry cast the only vote against this measure. Why does he, of all people, get a say-so? Isn't his judgment a bit "cloudy" from all of those years of drug abuse a sex with prostitutes?

    May 5, 2009 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  3. MJM

    That just proves that our government officals are not looking at what the majority wants, but only what the minority wants. We need government officals with good upstanding morals in this country, not just "YES" to who they think they can get a vote from. This America is turning around to the morals we were established on, so you that think abortion, or homo-sexuel marriages are okay, your day is coming and it won't be pretty.

    May 5, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. shucks

    The religious right has no actual facts to base any of their rhetoric regarding the effect of gay marriage on the institution of marriage. The only backing they have is in the bible which depending on the church and the maliciousness of it's congregation and preacher, determines how they manipulate the bible to condemn and disavow any true theory as to the effects. The bible thumpers want Americans to think that it will cause their children to become gay, will decrease the meaningfulness of marriage, and will cause "god" to stike us down due to our sinfulness. The truth is it will do nor cause none of this to occur, and the whole religious theory on gay marriage come from an immoral manipulation of the bible, it's teachings, and without any updates that would make it compatible with the 21st century. In other words it will ensure that we as a country continue our decompensation that was started 8 years ago. Lies, lies, and more lies.

    May 5, 2009 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Ryan S in KC

    This is great news, yay!

    May 5, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  6. The Other Michael in Houston

    So I am not understanding something here, DC will recognize SSM's but people cannot get married in DC unless your the oppisite sex? So does that mean that all the rights the hetrosexual side gets, the homosexual side can get the same rights? But, they have to go elsewhere to actually get married? If my interpretation is correct, that is as dumb as the "don't ask, don't tell" policy in the Military, You can't be gay in the Military, but we are not allowed to ask you, and you are forbidden from telling anyone you are a gay marine, soldier, airman or sailor. Makes no sense to this hetrosexual.

    May 5, 2009 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  7. AJ

    Marion barry should concentrate on his drug abuse and tax evasion problems before he starts worrying about whether gay people should be married. This man is a disgrace and really, by all rights, should be in prison.

    May 5, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Professor

    This is very sad news for the future of America.

    I love Jesus Christ with all of my heart, soul, mind, and strength. Loving Jesus Christ means obeying Him. Obeying Him means believing and living the Bible. Believing and living the Bible means, among other things, opposing homosexual "marriage" because such unions are sinful and anti-Christian.

    The United States of America is a great nation because and only because the American people have historically honored Christ (for the most part). If our next generation refuses to obey GOD, then GOD has no reason for continuing to bless our nation. America will be a scary place to live forty years from now

    May 5, 2009 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  9. Lynn

    Now all those gay Republicans can come out of the closet and marry their partners!!!

    May 5, 2009 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  10. Independent from a Red State

    Congratulations to this council for recognizing the rights of ALL people, not just straight people.

    I hope more places around the country follow their example.

    May 5, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  11. Eunice

    yea right. Legalized it. America is on its way to hell and has been for some time. uuh, uuh, uuh.

    May 5, 2009 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  12. phoenix86

    The best vote Marion Barry ever cast. Washington DC has been in decline for some time now. With Obama there and now this, it will quickly become the national gutter.

    May 5, 2009 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  13. Mississippi Mike

    America's most morally bankrupt city gets a little slimier. Every day I am grateful that I moved far, far away from DC.

    May 5, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  14. Moderate Democrat

    And the right wing freaks that want to force THIER religion down our throats will be chiming in, in 3...2....1.

    "Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness" plus "Seperation of Church and State".....means you all can just STFU! It's the constitution, not the bible...you freakin right wing lunatics, aka "The American Taliban".

    Follow your teachings, but don't push them on the rest of the country.

    Sincerly,
    A Christian that FIRMLY believes in seperation of Church and State!

    May 5, 2009 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  15. The Broker.

    D C – Disgusting Crap.

    May 5, 2009 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  16. justin

    This is great news! i noticed on the poll taken yesterday that 18-34 year olds approve of Gay Marriage. As a Gay man i would like to say..if we cant get our way now...we shall wait out the old people!

    May 5, 2009 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  17. Mary - Independent

    Why not make all states and pass one bill through Congress to make official "same sex marriage". It doesn't matter what others believe when it comes to marriage,because their voice isn't heard. So let's get it over, then the rest of us won't have to listen to the "carrying on" by the news and the government!

    May 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  18. frank , pennsylvania

    There is a need for a national referendum on marriage and abortion – to save this great nation from severe moral decadence! This not the time to keep quite, conservatives ( democrats, republicans, independents) need to act fast to save this country!

    May 5, 2009 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Casper

    Congratulations to Mayor Fenty and the citizens of DC. One more step down the long road to equality!!!!

    May 5, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. frank , pennsylvania

    Make no mistake – all democrats are not liberal, all republicans are not conservatives, all independents are not moderates!

    May 5, 2009 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  21. Emily in Michigan

    Well thank goodness Marion Barry can be the one single voice for old fashioned morality. I hope Hell is a very roomy place.

    May 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  22. Bill in California

    IF YOU BELIEVE POLLS, then it is good to see our elected officials following the mandate of the people isn't it?

    May 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  23. Scotty

    Just because the majority believes something, doesn't make it right. To advance as a culture, sometimes we need change to come from the outside.

    May 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. seebofubar

    This country of ours is in trouble. This weakens the moral fabric of our society. The foundation for any civilization is the family unit, one whicn can procreate. This abomination of the institution of marrige may be the last straw.

    May 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Yossarian

    54% of a single poll is hardly a mandate, dude

    May 5, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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