Gay Marriage Passes D.C. City Council

December 1, 2009 8:30 am

By a vote of 11-2, the D.C. City Council voted to legalize same sex marriage in the nation’s Capitol today. DCist has the story:

The historic legislation still needs to pass a second vote in the Council in the next month, at which point it will be sent to D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty for his signature. Fenty has promised he will sign the bill.

The second vote (which will make the bill official) is seen as a formality by marriage equality proponents in the city. Former D.C. Mayor/now Ward 8 councilmember Marion Barry (D) and Ward 7 councilmember Yvette Alexander (D) were the lone “no” votes on the bill. Congress, which has the power to overrule any D.C. legislation is not expected to take any action on the bill, meaning the first same sex weddings could take place in D.C. starting in the spring.

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