December 1st, 2009
12:37 PM ET
6 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. SocialismBad

    And then it gets put on the ballot and the people REJECT it, as has been done in 30 states. Don't these stupid politicians have a clue?!

    December 1, 2009 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. hongli

    If you can't beat them then please "JOIN THEM".

    December 1, 2009 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  3. THAT ONE/BIDEN 08

    "And then it gets put on the ballot and the people REJECT it, as has been done in 30 states. Don't these stupid politicians have a clue?!"

    Yeah man... I know... that 14th Amendment, it's just so outdated and STOOPID!

    December 1, 2009 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  4. Patrick - Indianapolis

    Regardless if people vote against it, it's not right to treat others as lesser people. I'm sure the south would vote for slavery but it doesn't make it right. You small minded right wingers just need to take a short jump off of a steep cliff.

    December 1, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Peaceful One

    I think we have a much more critical issue in protecting children. We have investors who profit from the selling odf sickness. We have sick folks who have chosen sick living over healthy families. A sick Society breeds Sickness. That gay folks want to marry is fine with me. However, the needs of vulneraable children come first in my mind! Where is the Outrage over yet another one sacrificed? Where is the Outrage over all these needless murders? Instead we get this incessant "news" about party crashers at the White House! Stupid. Look how long it took women to get any rights and we still often work for less than men . But then I did note that Main Street was a rather clever gimmick during these elections. Where is Main Street in this Administration? Oh, I forgot, they're all at the WAR Party the U.S. is throwing! America is a self-righteous, pride-filled country of diverse folks, many who do not think beyond their own noses!

    December 1, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  6. Steve in Ct

    You can't give this the term "Marriage" without taking away the meaning from the hetrosexuals. An homosexual union isn't the same as an hetrosexual union and being different should be refered to as such. My wife passed away a while back and I have an issue with a special interest group changing what I hold so dear when they could accomplish the same thing with another term without effecting anyone else. Yes, these folks should have the same rights as other couples but not at a cost to others. What's wrong with "Civil Unions" if it gives the same rights without effecting anyone else?

    December 1, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  7. Typical Republican

    Oh noes! If they let people get married it threatens my life and my own marriage. I'm a freaking moron that is threatened when I don't get to write laws on who can get married.

    I want to join the taliban, because they believe as I do, that we should tell people what they can do based on MY religion...screw their religion.

    December 1, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Enough

    There must be more important things in the world then gay marriage. So get married and help the economy........divorce lawyers will be thrilled.

    December 1, 2009 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. TBA

    The Catholic Church needs to butt out of our GOVERNMENT, Seperation of Church and State, the Catholic Church is threating to let the Homeless starve if DC passes this bill. The Church preach peace and harmony yet they are lashing out against equal rights for Gays. If the Churchs wants to put their nose into our government policy then they NEED TO PAY TAXES and SEND ALL OF THOSE CHILD MOLESTING PRESIT TO JAIL instead of HIDING THEM and letting them commit the CRIME OVER AND OVER. The Church is basically approvaling the molestation of young childern by not sending these Presit to JAIL and hiding them from the Justice system.

    December 1, 2009 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  10. Mike S., New Orleans

    The Catholic Church – that non-profit organization that doesn't have to pay taxes – donated over $500,000 to anti gay marriage groups.
    I guess when you run the largest organized pedophile organization in the world, you don't want things getting all normal all of a sudden.

    December 1, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  11. Laurie in Spokane

    Good, it's about time.

    December 1, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. JT the Show Me State College Freshman

    I think that everyone needs to be treated equally in the United States, no matter who they are. I believe our founding fathers will be saying the same thing if they somehow came back to life today. "All people are created equal." Therefore, they deserved to be treated with the same respect as everyone else. We have no authority to make judgments on them because we are all human; no one is superior to another just because they choose to believe the "popular" thing. Judge them on who they are as a person (inside, content of their character).

    December 1, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "And then it gets put on the ballot and the people REJECT it, as has been done in 30 states. Don't these stupid politicians have a clue?!"

    And then the Supreme Court hears the upcoming case and overturns that nonsense because the Constitution mandates equal protection under the law...and giving opposite-sex couples federal tax breaks and inheritence rights while denying them to same-sex couples is a blatant violation of that mandate. Sorry neocon fundy zealots, but certain things are NOT up for a vote...that's the entire purpose of the Constitution...protecting an unpopular minority from the tyrrany of the bigotted, self-centered, greedy, religious-nutcake majority. You wanna try amending the federal Constitution to crap on gay rights, be my guest...but until then, keep your religion out of my government and I'll keep my government out of your religion.

    December 1, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. DB25

    People rights should never be left up to the voters. Too bad it has been in other states, which I find rediculous.

    December 1, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  15. Independant Vet

    Obama should invite them all to the white house . For a Party,

    Then make arangements for housing there. Get more votes, which he will need. Being Acorn is at recess.

    December 1, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  16. Tony

    Unfortunately these things keep getting put to a vote where people who don't have a horse in the race get to have a say so. Namely straight people who already have their rights. They get to bring their religion and prejudice to a discussion that really has absolutely nothing to do with them then it gets voted down. This has been repeated all over the country and its getting very annoying. This should be taken to the federal level and these politicians need to be backed in to a corner and forced to explain why we keep allowing the constitution to be ignored in this country.

    December 1, 2009 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  17. Silence Dogoode

    Well, let's see what happens when it goes to a ballot. If we bring back same sex marriage, then we have to bring back polygamy....as long as it is all consenting adults who cares? Right? Just don't expect , catholics,muslims, conservative jews or mormons to marry homosexuals in their churches. That's where homosexual rights and religious rights meet.

    December 1, 2009 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  18. Rob

    Excellent. DO IT!

    December 1, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  19. the southern progressive

    when will people learn that equlity and civil rights/privelages is not dictated by mob rule.. each lawbiding american should be treated the same and afforded the same rights.

    good for d.c.

    December 1, 2009 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. DC Kiwi

    As a person who favors equal rights for everyone in The District, I'm happy to see this.

    December 1, 2009 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  21. Tina

    I really do not understand why anybody is against same-sex marriage. If two people want to have a piece of paper declaring them partners for life, LET THEM HAVE IT!!! I'll stick with single life.

    December 1, 2009 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  22. Joe

    It is a state separation from our Judicial system. Why it is or will be legal for same sex-marriage to be legal in one state and illegal in another state?. Either all states accept the measure, or none at all.

    December 1, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  23. The one who comes from heavenis above all. He testifies to what he has seen and heard but no one accepts his testimony. the man who has accepted it has certified that God is truthful.

    It is not for me to judge if same sex marriage should be established, what is my duty is to protect the word of God which established man and woman as one in marriage, where his Spirit unifies them into one. This can not come from same sex marriage, as it would be against all that God is. So, if you need a CIVIL marriage do what you must but Please DON'T TRED ON the HOUSE OF GOD in this.

    December 1, 2009 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Bumbles

    Yeah, whatever. Who cares? Gays aren't interested in marriage per se, there is nothing that currently stops them from spending their lives together, is there? This is all about government tax breaks/deductions and insurance/ property claims and rights.

    It's much more materialistic than spiritual.

    Would it be sufficient to just allow civil unions with benefits and not call it marriage, that seems to be what the controversy is about.

    Oh, and who gets the kids upon separation or div ..... oh, that's right no procreation.

    December 1, 2009 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. John

    Nice.
    Washington DC was the first American city to ban the slave trade, and will similarly set a moral example for all Americans when they legalize gay marriage.
    Even though a few may fear a conflict with "their way of life" (just like they did when we wanted to end slavery, or allow inter-racial marriages) I'm sure the country will come around to begrudgingly setting aside their homophobia and allowing "liberty and justice for all"

    December 1, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
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