Gay Marriage recognized in D.C., IF . . .

Washington D.C. council has voted to recognize gay marriages performed in states where those marriages are legal.

This law must first be signed by the mayor and then approved by Congress before it can take effect. This could be a test of where congress sits on this issue.

The vote is considered the first step toward eventually allowing gay marriages to be performed in Washington. Congress, which has final say over the city’s laws, will get 30 days to review the bill assuming Democratic Mayor Adrian Fenty, a supporter, signs it.

If Congress takes no action, the bill will become law automatically. President Barack Obama and congressional leaders have not signaled where they stand on the D.C. bill. Obama generally supports civil unions but has said marriage is between a man and a woman.

It seems that attitudes about gay marriage are changing in America as seen in this recent ABC/WaPo poll. For the first time, more people support than oppose gay marriage:

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The ball is rolling and is gathering momentum.

Also, Maine’s senate and house have both voted to allow gay marriage.

“The country is watching us, to see how a small proud, independent state will stand on issue of equality,” said Rep. Sean Flaherty of Scarborough, who supported the bill.

The State Senate, which is also controlled by Democrats, approved the bill last week in a 21 to 14 vote. The vote was mostly along party lines, though one Democrat opposed the bill and one Republican voted in favor. The body must now give final approval to the bill.

But while the measure sailed through both chambers of the legislature in less than a week, Gov. John Baldacci, a Democrat, could still veto it. Mr. Baldacci opposed same-sex marriage before the bill was introduced this year, but he has since said he is keeping an open mind.

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  1. #1 by HappyHeathen on May 5, 2009 - 5:43 pm

    In my state (Washington) the legislature passed a law called “Everything but Marriage” which allows for same sex couples to have all the same rights afforded by the state to married people. They just can’t call it marriage . (I know it sounds strange) The reason is that our Supreme Court said marriage was for those who would be able to have children some years back. (goofy huh?)

    Now the Catholics and Mormons are funneling in money to support an initiative to overturn the law.

    So it would be nice to see a little support from Congress on this. What better time?

  2. #2 by Becky on May 5, 2009 - 5:59 pm

    Happy,

    The “Everything but Marriage” is definitely a step in the right direction. It makes one wonder what objections the Catholics and Mormons would have to granting that level of rights.

  3. #3 by Ken on May 5, 2009 - 7:28 pm

    Yes it will be very interesting to see how the Democrat controlled Congress handles this.

  4. #4 by Cliff on May 5, 2009 - 8:48 pm

    Wow this is exciting news. The Democratic Congress will most certainly support this thereby breaking the ice and precipitating an avalanche of new state laws.

    The ones that haven’t capitulated by 2010 and sanctioned gay marriage will be marked forever and will have to be absorbed by neighboring states.

    I think Colorutah will make a nice mated pair.

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