December 15th, 2009
02:48 PM ET
9 years ago

D.C. city council votes to legalize same-sex marriage

Washington (CNN) - The Washington, D.C., city council voted Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation's capital. The bill will now be given to Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has expressed his support and vowed to sign the bill.

If the mayor signs it, Congress will have a period of 30 days to intervene before it would take effect.

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soundoff (19 Responses)
  1. Clay

    Hooray DC!

    December 15, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. patNY

    Thank you DC for upholding one of the basic tenements of representative democracy where the RIGHTS OF THE MINORITY ARE PROTECTED FROM THE TYRANNY OF THE MAJORITY!

    December 15, 2009 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  3. jeff jackson, alabama

    This only fits in with the D.C. persona.
    The politicians in D.C. on the local and
    national level are out of sinc with mainstream
    America on everything else, so why not this too?

    December 15, 2009 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Jimmy

    The Defense of Marriage Act signed by then-President Clinton with overwhelming bi-partisan support in both houses of Congress was also signed in Washington, D.C. Congress should overturn the D.C. city council's rogue move.

    December 15, 2009 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Bad move D.C.

    December 15, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    A Capital City– come for the Bonds of Matrimony, Stay for the Medical Marijuana!

    December 15, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  7. Bugl3t

    Good for them! I personally think that marriage (as an institution) is the PROBLEM for all, not a solution. Let "marriage" be a religious ceremony celebrating a legal civil contract – and if some churches can see their way to allowing gays to celebrate their contract in God, then more power to them.

    As for those who think our "founding fathers" would be appalled... let's consider all the other things they would have found appalling... like racial and gender equality and the right to vote even if you are black or female...

    Oh, wait. I forgot... the same groups that oppose gay "marriage" are predominantly bigoted Southern while males with "higher religious" affiliations.

    Uh, huh... just saying...

    December 15, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. ThinkAgain

    And the Catholic Church is threatening to cut services to the needy and homeless in protest.

    This is exactly why I don't like organized religion; it is too often about power and not spirituality.

    Another shameful act by the corrupt Catholic Church ...

    December 15, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Kevin in Ohio

    While you are at it, why doesnt the DC Council, with their friendly liberal Congress' help, pass rights for pedophiles, for bigamists, and for any one else that has a perversion.

    December 15, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Mtrought

    Why do we insist on contravening the laws of nature for a few people who have a mental illness. Homosexuality is a mental illness and should be treated as such. Homosexuals are not normal people, I am not saying we should bash them but they are not normal people they have a mental illness and why has the medical profession not realise this.

    December 15, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  11. OldUncleTom

    About time.

    Where this is a civil rights issue, legality should be enforced and protected.

    Where this is a religious issue, it has no place in America's legal system. If God can't enforce His laws, then how can Man expect to do so?

    December 15, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. aware

    Doesn't our educational system teach anatomy anymore? 🙁

    December 15, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  13. Brian0901

    Let freedom ring!!!

    December 15, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    $20 to the angry fundy moron who can come up with the single most bigotted, dogmatic and inflammatory thing to say about this. Ready? Go!

    December 15, 2009 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. gt

    thats another reason they will never be a state

    December 15, 2009 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. Jake


    the rest of the country will follow!

    December 15, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  17. S Callahan In the mystery of the incarnation He is not only truly God, but now truly man. He comes from the infinite distance of the eternal heavens to finite nearness, wrapped in swaddling cloths and laid in a manger (Luke 2:7). The Creator becomes a cre

    I'm confused..I thought this was passed a half hour or so ago....

    🙁 sad for my country!

    December 15, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  18. Deanna in Denver

    If this issue was so very important to God don't you think he would have included it in His 10 commandments? There is nothing about homosexuality in His law (that being those ten I was was just referring to). And while I'm at it, no where in the bible does it say anything about women with women. So I guess that's OK.

    December 15, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  19. oristo

    Yes the road to Equality runs through DC, Today I am a little bit
    more proud after the defeats in Maine and New York, Equality
    will come someday.

    The problem is not religion it's money. Gay and Lesbians work
    and pay taxes and social security. Many die and never draw a
    cent of what they paid in, The loves of their lives are often left
    with a lesser life and unable to draw the deceased loves social security. Equality means Equality for all. So Christians think
    about that, your wife or husband could draw your social security while
    a gay persons could not. You don't care, ok well what if it was your
    child or grandchild, then you would have a different view I can
    almost assure you.

    December 15, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |