Tuesday, October 6, 2009

VIDEO: Washington DC's Marriage Equality Bill Introduced Today

Washington DC Council member David Catania introduced the "Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act" today, which says that "any person . . . may marry any other eligible person regardless of gender."

As earlier reported, the bill is expected to pass and could do so as early as Thanksgiving. The biggest hurdle facing it is the U.S. Congress which has jurisdiction over the District and has 30 legislative days to review the resolution before it becomes law. However, as was the case with the District's marriage recognition bill, Washington Post reports that Congress will probably not intervene.

Opposition in Congress may still find a way to cripple marriage equality in the District by attaching an amendment to a bill that would restrict funding for same-sex marriage in the capital.

In the meantime, supporters are choosing to focus on the present, celebrating today's historical moment and will face the future's challenges as they come.

Earlier in the week, the amazing straight ally Rev. Eric Lee of the Los Angeles chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, spoke in Washington DC at the marriage equality convocation.

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