Tuesday, December 15, 2009

What do we want? EQUALITY!

Hooray! The DC Council voted today to recognize same sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. Washington DC is poised to join Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont, and Iowa in extending marriage rights to gay couples if the measure (PDF) passes. The bill, sponsored by openly gay Council Member David Catania, passed 11-2.

If DC Mayor Adrian Fenty signs the bill, as he has promised to, the US Congress has 30 days to amend or kill the bill, as DC cannot independently pass legislation. If Congress does not take any action on the bill, it will pass. Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) has vowed to fight the bill in Congress, while Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton has said she will work to pass the bill.

This is a definite victory, but the fight is not yet over. Civil rights activists need to keep up the great work and keep advocating for equal rights for all citizens. Happy rabble-rousing!

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