December 15th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
8 months ago

DC same-sex marriage vote Tuesday

Washington (CNN) - The nation's capital city is expected to take a major step Tuesday towards legalizing same-sex marriage.

The District of Columbia's city council is scheduled to vote - and expected to pass - a measure that would recognize gay marriages as legal. The city council overwhelmingly passed the bill in a previous vote on December 1.

Tuesday's second vote is needed to send the measure to District Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has said he will sign the bill. Then the measure goes to Congress for a 30-day review period, but it's considered unlikely that the Democratic majority on Capitol Hill will block the bill. By law, Congress has the right to review and overturn laws created by the District's city council.

If the measure becomes law, the District would join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and Iowa in allowing legal same-sex marriages. A law legalizing gay marriage in New Hampshire takes effect on January 1.

Earlier this year, lawmakers in Maine approved a measure legalizing same-sex marriages, but voters in the state last month passed a referendum to overturn the new law. Last week, New York's state senate defeated a bill that would legalize gay marriages. A similar bill stalled last week in New Jersey's state senate.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this story


Filed under: Same-sex marriage
soundoff (166 Responses)
  1. LB Colorado

    This is really a big no no, but hey, extinction looks like the way this will pan out. If you can't multiply and you can kill babies what do you think the end result will be. If you are gay – enjoy loneliness, cause in your old age that is exactly where you will be alone. You can't have children and the ones that are done in a test tube, well you will figure it out. Good Luck with this.

    December 15, 2009 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. Kyle, Virginia

    Go Marriage equality!

    December 15, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  3. Obama Sin Laden

    Congratulations to DC! Prejudice wanes slowly in America but this at least is a good sign.

    December 15, 2009 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  4. jimboe

    How is it that New Yorkers failed at this? I always thought it was a progressive state.

    New York gets an C-, Oh wait, our economy sucks too and the senate continues to sabotage us.

    New York gets an F!

    December 15, 2009 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  5. Matt

    Unlike the message of gay activists, those that oppose gay marriage aren't full of hate, nor do they want to 'take away rights' of homosexuals (note: same sex couples already have the same rights as married couples–civil unions). Redefining a term to justify a lifestyle just doesn't make sense. For thousands of years marriage has been defined as a 'contract' of commitment between a husband and wife for the sake of createing and raiseing children and thereby growing society. I don't doubt that there are gay couples that are committed to each other, and that is why civil unions were instituted.

    December 15, 2009 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  6. Thinker

    Marriage for gays and lesbians should be legal in all states. Hetro's have screwed it up so much, that someone has to straighten it out.

    December 15, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  7. Keith in Austin

    What else would you expect from Washington? The bill will pass with flying colors while God weeps!

    December 15, 2009 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  8. A True Centrist

    I live in Massachusetts where same-sex marriage is legal. However, when the issue came to vote, the "liberal" hypocrites in my state voted against it. Now, the "liberal" hypocrites are voting against wind farms near the Cape because they don't want their precious views disturbed. HYPOCRITES!!! The Republicans...they atleast openly voted against gay marriage and the wind farms.

    Ugggghhhh, where's my third party?

    December 15, 2009 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  9. ThinkAgain

    I hope it passes – all Americans deserve equal rights.

    December 15, 2009 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  10. William, SJCA

    Good for D.C. They've joined Iowa as the progressive forefront of America! Shame on you California, more pox on your house.

    December 15, 2009 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  11. DCist

    i live in dc and applaud the council members for passing this bill. that's why we voted for them, to represent us. it's a shame though that the US congress has any say on the laws of my city. senators and representatives from far off lands with values so far detached from ours have no business telling us which laws we can pass. dc statehood NOW!

    December 15, 2009 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  12. S Callahan Third week of Advent...light you candle for JOY

    What proponents of the Gay 'Marriage' bill have not grasphed is that Marriage is 'Sacred' and ordained by God..it is not something you can legislate..it is purely spiritual....santified in the Spirit. No matter what efforts to try to legitamize gay marriage it won't hold because it leaves the sacred out and can't be inclusive as God holds his position on this. With that said, God calls believers to love all of his creation..
    I pray no ill will on anyone.

    December 15, 2009 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  13. DFW

    No matter what DC votes, homosexual behavior is immoral, unnatural and indicative of severe psychological problems. These people need psychiatric care, not public votes.

    Their efforts to adopt such measures as "legalized gay merriage" is done as a means to destroy the traditional value of "marriage." Their efforts hide an agenda to destroy the bed rock of traditional social structure. All the rest is simply propaganda of the lowest type.

    December 15, 2009 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  14. Naomi

    it is all about equal rights
    I hope it passes with many more states to follow

    December 15, 2009 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  15. Terri

    So now homosexual is replaced with same-sex and gay. Let's not call it what it is. It's a homosexual marriage. Unless of course you need euphemisims to make it less real...

    December 15, 2009 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. alma

    I guess it's hard for me to understand why we even need to vote on same sex marriage, why in the 21st century we haven't evoled enough to give all hunan beings equal rights.

    December 15, 2009 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  17. Jefe

    Typical male Republican Senator to another: "I hope enough Dems vote for this so that we can finally be together!".

    December 15, 2009 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  18. David

    I hope they legalize it!

    December 15, 2009 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  19. SCOT

    I'm an immigrant originally from Europe. No surprise then that I find myself at odds with just about everything Republicans believe in. I also think that this party has in latter years become a heven for "the crazies" Consequently, as a straight guy I wish my gay friends the very best of luck in their quest for equality.

    December 15, 2009 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. NVa Native

    "Equal protection and rights", ad to that "seperation of church and state" and our Founding Fathers wisdom and vision moves forward yet again. Evolution is a natural and constant blessing.

    December 15, 2009 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  21. Jane/Seattle

    We'll see just how "Equal" is Equal! Equality is a joke in America! Striving for what's right on this planet, when this ought to be the default mode, is another cruel joke on billions brought to us by Capitalists! As lon g as greed always wins, the people never will be able to live in peace.

    December 15, 2009 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  22. AR

    Gay marriage has still never passed a public vote. It remains the fact that the only time the American people are willing to accept gay marriage is when it is rammed down their throats illegally by their "representatives" in government.

    December 15, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  23. dennis

    Read your bible people. This is not right. What are you doing to this world. Where have the morals gone?

    December 15, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  24. Tania

    They don't bother me, I don't bother them.

    December 15, 2009 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. david, CA

    I guess you can't be GAY if you want to take vows of marriage, break those vows by cheating, and make a mockery of the sanctity of marriage by flaming out in divorce court as do over half of straight marriages.

    December 15, 2009 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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