Michael Crawford

DC marriage bill to be introduced on Tuesday

Filed By Michael Crawford | October 01, 2009 8:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics, The Movement

At a meeting last night to mobilize the LGBT community and allies Council Member David Catania announced that on October 6 he would introduce a bill to legalize marriage between same-sex couples in the District.

"We are going to do it now," Catania told the crowd. "We are going to do it now, not for ourselves, but for the young people who are 20 years-old, 16-years-old, 13-years-old."

Ten of 13 council members will co-introduce the bill on Tuesday. Mayor Adrian Fenty has has said that he will sign the bill.

After the bill passes the Council and is signed by Mayor Fenty, it will go to Capitol Hill for a 30 legislative day congressional review period.

The community meeting kicked off with an amazing and inspiring speech from Rev. Eric Lee, President/CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference-Los Angeles. Rev. Lee, a leading African-American and heterosexual advocate for marriage equality, stressed that the issue is one of social justice. He equated the LGBT community's movement for marriage to DC's quest for voting representation in Congress.

DC began recognizing marriages from other jurisdictions in July.

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