DC Votes to Recognize Same-Sex Marriage

Good news from my home district! In another important step towards marriage equality, yesterday, the Washington D.C. council voted overwhelmingly to approve a bill that would recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. It was passed by a vote of 12-1.

Before it goes into effect, the bill must be signed by DC Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. This a step is considered a formality however, since Fenty has previously said that he supports the measure. Next the committees in the House and Senate that oversee the DC will have 30 session days to review the law.

Yesterday's victory in Washington came on the same day that the Maine House of Representatives voted to legalize same-sex marriage. If formally approved by the state Senate and approved by Gov. John Baldacci, Maine would become the fifth state to legalize gay marriage.

I'll keep an eye on DC to see what happens next.