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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-07-09 04:48 PM
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Gay Marriage Bill Takes Effect in Nation's Capital
Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) A law recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries went into effect Tuesday in the nation's capital, and a D.C. councilman said he plans to follow up with a measure that would allow gay marriage ceremonies in the district.

The bill was approved in a 12-1 vote by the D.C. Council in May. Congress, which has the final say over the city's laws, had 30 days to review the legislation. Since it took no action, the bill automatically became law.


"I certainly believe that the fact that we got here is a great victory, that we survived the congressional layover period," said D.C. Council member David Catania, who is fine-tuning a bill that would allow gay marriages to be performed in Washington. He said he intends to introduce the measure between September and the end of the year.

For 29-year-old D.C. resident Julie Verratti, the city's new gay marriage recognition law marks an important transition for same-sex couples.

"It feels good," said Verratti, a law student who married her partner last year in California. "It's a step in the right direction."

Under the law, gay and lesbian couples married in other jurisdictions are afforded the same benefits and rights as other married people under D.C. law. The law recognizes legal, same-sex nuptials in other countries as well as an estimated 18,000 such marriages that took place in California such as Verratti's before voters there approved a gay marriage ban in November.

Six states Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire currently allow same-sex marriage. New York recognizes gay marriages performed in other states.

more: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5grllk...
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Ohio Joe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-07-09 04:54 PM
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1. Good news
I hope Council member Catania can also get his marriage bill passed as well!
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imdjh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Jul-07-09 10:30 PM
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2. Dear Marion Barry and "Bishop" Jackass - bring on your civil war. nt
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