December 15th, 2009
11:55 AM ET
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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. Jim

    For all those Christians saying 'read your bible', it seems to me that it's the old testament that references this. Jesus tried to change the thoughts and hate of his day. He said "love your neighbor" and "do not judge". Taking on the establishment of his day got him crusified.

    Are you really Christians trying to live Chrst's teachings or are you simply reformed Jews? Jewish people are honest in their beliefs. Christians who live in the old testament when it suits their own intolerance while saying they follow Jesus. are hypocrites. Simply said, "Mind your own business and live your own life". It is all between the individuals and the creator. You are not God and therefore have no right to judge.

    December 15, 2009 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  2. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    I never have understood how who marries whom is the proper business of anyone but the people directly involved. The amazing thing is that any political entity should have to take some positive action to make same-sex marriage legal–iIt should never have been illegal, or even of any governmental notice at all, in the first place.

    December 15, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Thank God I'm Canadian where gays are treated equally. The Government voted in favor of gay marriage and society did not fall."

    That's just because the only country God cares about is Amurika (at least one would think so if you listened to these neoclown numbskulls). OH NOES, WE'S ALL GONNA BE TURNED INTO PILLARS OF SALT!!!!

    December 15, 2009 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  4. Policy Nerd

    I don't think the government should "legalize" (or even address) any kind of marriage, nor delegate its regulatory police power to the people on this matter. Rights protecting the avenues to Life Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness must be allowed or denied without restrictions drawn on the basis of moralistic standing. The historically religious context of marriage despite secular shifts means that this debate belongs in churches and homes – not in the political sphere. This is the true position of the Constitution.

    Lastly, how does the lack of a "right" make something illegal? I understand the effective restriction, but it points out an oxymoronical twist as it pertains to this issue especially since its became a common law volleyball game.

    December 15, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  5. Barack the Casba

    I don't want Gay marriage for the same reason I don't want drugs legalized: it's just one more fabric of society torn down in the name of "progress". Civil unions and benefits..... okay fine. Just don't define this as traditional marriage, because it's NOT. I have no problem accepting gay relationships on this basis.

    December 15, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  6. Lynda/Minnesota

    Analyst: If gays weren't gay ... and were in a heterosexual marriage, they would be receiving the same spousal financial benefits as do all opposite-sex married individuals.

    Therefore, are you suggesting that ALL married individuals receiving spousal benefits are a drain on society and as such should loose their benefits?

    Perhaps rather than condemning all gays, you should be thanking them for NOT being a financial burden on society.

    December 15, 2009 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  7. Alreadyequal

    Equality already exists. Everybody has the same rights. Heterosexuals, homosexuals, men, women, liberals, conservatives are bound to the same laws. We can't marry our dog, our first cousin, or anyone of the same sex.

    December 15, 2009 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "ever since the basic family unit has been under attack: woman, man and children we have seen a skyrocket in violence and illegitamte births, child abuse, and poverty...that is why people are trying to protect marriage..."

    I can show you a correlation between women finally being given the right to vote and trickle-down economic theory coming into existence to ruin our economy and relegate the middle class to indentured servitude. Does that mean there's a causal relationship too?

    You fundies make me laugh.

    December 15, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  9. Manner

    The slope gets more slippery.

    December 15, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  10. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I'll say it again: Let my gay brothers and sisters marry, and may their divorce rate be nowhere near as high as that of heterosexuals. Amen.

    December 15, 2009 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  11. Dan, TX

    What you can expect when Obama is in the white house. No morality.

    December 15, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  12. Jg

    For those who oppose gay marriage, I have a compromise. Let your Priest or Whoever is the head of your church or whoever marries you, let them divorce you. Let them decide that you have to attend weekly bible lessons for a year or longer before they'll consider granting you a divorce. Or tell you that your spouse is always in church and volunteers and because you don't the house the car the kids and most of your salary goes to them, and the only way to change that is to dedicate yourself to the church and volunteer and prove your commitment to God. And while were at it do to separation of church and state you should give up all the rights and tax breaks that marriage grants you. No spousal health care, no hospital visitation, no tax breaks, no nada, you know pull yourself up by your own boottraps. Let's put an end to marriage welfare! As far as the state is concerned you are just a couple of roommates and God can take care of you. The rest of us Hetero and Homo will get "married" we'll call it a civil union when we speak legalese but in reallity we'll call it a marriage just to get your goat, have all the rights that the evil liberal socialist government grants us, and we'll divorce through lawyers. Who's with me?

    December 15, 2009 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  13. Sniffit

    "The city council should not be the one's voting on this issue.... it should be the residents..... this is bogus and stupid."

    Newsflash: NOBODY should be voting on it but the SCOTUS...the Constitution is meant to prevent the tyrrany of the majority over teh unpopular minority. Hope you guys enjoy it once it's declared a Constitutional right based on equal protection. I can't wait for your infantile temper tantrums over it.

    December 15, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  14. gt

    this is another reason americans think washington d c is out of touch ,,,i wonder what our fore fathers would think of d c,,, how sad and embrassesed they would be ,,,,,

    December 15, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  15. Scott

    Why is there even a debate to allow another citizen to live free and have their rights protected just like those in here who oppose this?

    life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.... WHat part of that do you not understand?

    December 15, 2009 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  16. Marc

    Back in the days of the sufragists (end of 19th Century and early 20th Century) and during the Civil Rights period IF both issues had been put to vote in a referendum they would not have been victorous...
    Because 'God' was against them, it was against Nature and the American Way and such... Little excuses to pure Sexual/Race bias...
    Today is the same thing. It's not a matter of popularity, but a matter of rights... EQUAL rights.

    December 15, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  17. racist

    I don't like the idea of gay marraige. It goes against universal law. Universal law requires a male and female end for anything to work. Ex: Positive and negative for electricity. Key into the lock. Even mother nature won't go against universal law. Domestic partnership is all the gay people should be eligible for.

    December 15, 2009 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  18. POEMAN

    Nearly a 50% divorce rate. Yeah I gues all of us straight people have this marriage thing down to a science.

    Put away the bible and start treating people as people.

    Religion is STUPID!

    December 15, 2009 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  19. Deb

    Two men or two women who love each other and want to get married ARE NOT a threat to the sanctity of marriage. Divorce is a threat to the sanctity of marriage. Try outlawing that before you go after gays and lesbians. It would make more sense. Until that happens, conservatives are just spouting bigotry.

    December 15, 2009 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  20. twilliams

    To all those who say gays have the same rights as married people under "UNIONS" should read the fine prints. Without marriage homosexuals are denied hundreds of rights that married people get. Even with "unions". And to those who say it is religious and sacred and gays can't marry because they produce no offspring then all couples who are unable to conceive due to some medical or personal issue are then ineligible? What about atheists? They don't believe in God at all but are able to be married in a church because.....of their genitals? There is no REAL argument for not allowing gay marriage except that an invisible man in the sky said so thousands of years ago to a man who wrote it down in a sacred collection texts. I heard a TV character laugh and refer to the bible as a diary of a mad man. I wonder if he is right.

    December 15, 2009 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  21. Marc

    This country is a sad place these days; filled with greed and wasted time fighting what was so clearly will happen eventually.

    It can't be put to a vote, equal rights for all must include those in the minority who do not have popular support.

    bibles & churches have nothing to do with this. The marriage of two people under the law is just that; legally recognized marriage.

    It seems the church should focus on more pressing issues in cleaning its own house without interfering with others' pursuit of liberty and happiness.

    Live and let live.. This country and the people need to be free

    December 15, 2009 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  22. Typical Republican

    The Taliban will impose it's will upon you! You are not free under the gruesome and cruel rule of Taliban law. Our religion WILL be YOUR law.

    America, at one time, opposed such moronic policies. Not any more. We too will force you to do as our religion decides for you, because, we are retarded morons that talk about seperation of church and state, but don't actually act on it.

    Isn't it great to live in a free country?

    December 15, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  23. Jennifer

    Republicans......your argument against same-sex marriage is so hypocritical.

    First you complain about socialisma and wanting the government our of your lives.........

    .....but then you want the government to put into law that same-sex marriage is illegal.

    December 15, 2009 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  24. Dean

    Political correctness is destroying this country. Man continues to bend his society and thinking to fit his desires. Every society that has given way to its selfish desires has fallen just as we are now doing.
    The main reason Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed should be remembered.

    December 15, 2009 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  25. Daniel

    While we're redefining marriage, let's legalize polygamy and incest. After all, these people love each other, there is definitely a historical precident of polygamy and incest, and not allowing them to marry would simply be majority tyranny of the minority.

    Or how about we just leave marriage as an institution between one man and one woman (who aren't closely related).

    December 15, 2009 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
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