December 1st, 2009
12:37 PM ET
8 months ago

Same-sex marriage closer in D.C.

Washington (CNN) – A proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation's capital won approval Tuesday in the first of two city council votes required for it to go into effect.

The measure was supported by a vote of 11 to 2, according to Doxie McCoy, spokeswoman for the council's chairman, Vincent C. Gray.

The council is scheduled to hold a second vote on December 15. If it passes, the bill would be given to Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has already expressed his support and vowed to sign the bill.


Filed under: Same-sex marriage
soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. WhatsInAVote

    Here we go again. It seems the judiciary and politicians are out of touch with the populace. Remember, any time it has come to a vote, it has been turned down. Isn't that a clear message that people want marriage preserved "as is." Of course if you are opposed, you are a homophobe, or your church or organization will receive threats of violence or vandalism.

    December 1, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  2. Laura in KS

    Civil rights issues should never be put on a ballot. The majority of people are too ignorant and lazy to research and to fully understand the issues.

    December 1, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  3. C Street is a Cult

    Good! Now if we can get to the point when our lawmakers understand that civil rights are NOT subject to popular opinion, but are guaranteed by the Constitution . . . .then we'll be getting somewhere.

    December 1, 2009 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  4. Right wingnuts are the darlings of dementia

    Equality for everyone? Sounds like an excellent idea and plan for the United States.

    December 1, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  5. Jake

    Way to go, DC!
    Karl Rove, Lindsay Graham and Rick Santorum must be delighted to finally have equal rights!

    December 1, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. IndyVoter

    Well, lets just legalize and condone everything. Lets not have any limits on anything. Everyone just do what you want, when you want, however you want, as openly and brazenly as you want and insist that everyone else agree with, fund, and proliferate what you want. Legalize marijuana, no bans on public nudity, or anything else for that matter, since its all a matter of personal rights, right? Surely that will make us a greater society......some things you can rationalize until you are blue in the face, but it doesn't make it ok.

    December 1, 2009 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  7. demwit

    Finally! A place where the pesky voter has no say!!

    Oh wait..

    December 1, 2009 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Dk

    Is America forgeting the foundation of her foundin fathers this is high level of immorality

    December 1, 2009 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  9. A. Goodwin

    Wonderful! I completely support it.

    Can't wait to hear the flip side from you Republican's....idiots.

    December 1, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  10. warren smith

    never never never
    it is wrong wrong wrong
    and you all know know know it

    December 1, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  11. Slappin the bass

    If it passes will they change the name to Washington AC DC?

    December 1, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
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