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D.C. Council Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriages

Last updated: 07/31/2020 08:00 | 04/08/2009 02:20
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Anderson Patterson

Today was certainly a red-letter day for supporters of gay rights. In addition to the Vermont Legislature’s passage, and then veto-override, of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state, the District of Columbia City Council today unanimously voted to recognize same-sex marriages from other states.

From The Washington Post:

Domestic partnerships are already legal in the nation’s capital. But today’s vote, billed as an important milestone in gay rights, explicitly recognizes relocated gay married couples as married.

The initial vote was 12-0. The unanimous vote sets the stage for future debate on legalizing same-sex marriage in the District and a clash with Congress, which approves the city’s laws under Home Rule. The council is expected to take a final vote on the legislation next month.

Council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), who is gay, called the amendment a matter of “basic fairness.”

The city’s laws on same-sex unions have been murky, he explained. Couples ask, he said, “Is my marriage valid in D.C.? For years now, it has not been clear.”

Anderson Patterson | Anderson is a video editor and developer who believes in the power of visual organization. He recently graduated from the University of Washington, where he concentrated on post-production during his studies. He was first exposed to the mystical world of visual art creation while watching his father edit advertisements when he was a child, and he has been working towards his dream of becoming a video editor ever since.

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