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D.C. poised to allow same-sex couples to legally marry

Date: 
December 15, 2009

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“As a D.C. resident, I am personally proud of the council for standing so strongly for fairness and affirming the common humanity that bonds each of us.”
— Rea Carey, Executive Director, National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

WASHINGTON, Dec. 15 — The D.C. Council today overwhelmingly approved legislation extending the freedom to marry to same-sex couples. Today’s outcome follows a similarly decisive council vote earlier this month. Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has pledged to sign the bill, has 10 days to act. Once signed, Congress will have 30 legislative days to review it and decide whether to intervene. The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force urges Congress to respect home rule.

Earlier this year, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force supported the effort by bringing a team of local leaders to the Task Force’s Maine LGBT Power Summit. The D.C. leaders received intensive training in the core skills critical for building robust grassroots lobbying campaigns.

Statement by Rea Carey, Executive Director
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

“We are thrilled with the D.C. Council’s passage today of this critical legislation, which places same-sex couples at the cusp of attaining a fundamental freedom in the nation’s capital. We look forward to the District of Columbia soon joining the growing list of localities that have already enacted marriage equality. That day will be a great one for the District, and for the entire country. As a D.C. resident, I am personally proud of the council for standing so strongly for fairness and affirming the common humanity that bonds each of us.

“We thank each of the council members who voted for the bill, and the many organizations and individuals who have called and worked for its passage. Federal lawmakers should respect home rule.”


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