D.C. Officials Vote to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

D.C. Officials Vote to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Published May 6, 2009

On Tuesday, the D.C. Council voted 12 to 1 in favor of recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states.

The news caused quite a scene outside of the chambers where the vote took place, with opponents of gay marriage voicing their disagreement and calling for council members to be fired, reports The Washington Examiner.

“Get them off that seat. Get them off that council,” many yelled, according to reports.

Now the bill will go to Mayor Adrian Fenty to be signed, and then sent to Congress for a final review, the Examiner reports.

Former mayor and current Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry was the only one who voted against the measure, despite having previously been a sponsor of the bill. He says his decision to go against the bill now was hard but that he is “a politician who is moral.”

"All hell will break lose, said Barry, who is fiercely opposing the vote. “We may have a civil war, he added. “The black community is just adamant against this.” 

Openly gay Councilman David Catania called Barry’s position “bigoted.”

“This is about acknowledging our families as much as we acknowledge yours,” he said. “It is immoral to be my friend on one hand and then say you deserve the same rights that I do not.”

Catania has said that he plans to introduce gay marriage legislation this year, so that the ceremonies could be performed in D.C.



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