Washington DC To Recognize Same-Sex Marriages
April 7, 2009 by Bryan
The D.C. Council Tuesday overwhelmingly voted in favor of legislation recognizing same-sex marriages from other states as marriage in the District — a move lauded by lawmakers as a step toward legalizing gay marriage in the city.
The 13-member council voted on the same day Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex unions.
“This is the march towards human rights and equality,” said Council member David A. Catania, at-large independent. “It is not the march toward special rights…and that march is coming here.”
Council members voted 12-0 in favor of an amendment to a bill introduced by Phil Mendelson, at-large Democrat. Members also approved separate legislation that recognizes relationships that are similar to domestic partnerships in the District and have all “the rights and responsibilities of marriage” in another jurisdiction.
Another provision in the legislation allows the mayor to certify relationships that fall short of marriage as domestic partnerships in the District.
via Wash Times