As some of you know, I have been working to win marriage equality in Washington, D.C. Currently marriages from other jurisdictions are recognized in D.C. and we expect a bill allowing marriages to be performed in D.C. to be introduced this fall.
This op-ed from the Washington Post makes a strong argument for why we will win.
The argument over whether same-sex couples should marry in the District is about a decade past its expiration date. The reality of people's lives long ago outstripped the usefulness of the gay marriage debate.
You can go to just about any public space in this city today and see same-sex couples: Two women picking over the tomatoes at the Anacostia farmers market; two men taking notes at a PTA meeting on Capitol Hill; two women arguing in a Georgetown restaurant over who does the dishes and who pays the bills -- the things all married couples do.
And these are things that most same-sex couples feel comfortable and safe doing practically everywhere in Washington. That's been the case here for at least a decade. The city boasts one of the most visible, vibrant gay and lesbian communities in the country.
The fact that some people love differently is a massive mental hurdle that most folks have cleared here in the nation's capital.