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Washington DC gay marriage bill passes first reading

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  1. Aussie Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 2 Dec 2009, 2:00pm

    The 5 important logical points to Remember:

    * If the bill does ever pass it has the signed into law and not vetoed by the Mayor.
    * If it does get SIGNED INTO LAW by the Mayor still do not get excited just yet – it still has to pass the 30 day Congress review test.
    * There is no effective date on the bill.
    * The bill abolishes domestic partnerships (which most people want to keep).
    * Remember this law will allow gay marriage only in DC itself and not the whole country!!!!

    As of December 2009 Sweden, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Canada, South Africa, Norway and the 5 US states of Vermont, Iowa, Connecticut and Massachusetts currently allow gay marriage, however New Hampshire’s equality civil marriage law will become effective from 1.1.2010. Bad news both Maine and California citizens REJECTED gay marriage by about 53 percent by a ballot vote. However not all bad news, the state of Washington in the north-west APPROVED the “all-but-marriage” law by 54 percent!

  2. Aussie Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 2 Dec 2009, 2:15pm

    I want to make it clear that I support marriage equality for EVERY INDIVIDUAL and that DC should KEEP domestic partnerships. I know people personally that lobbied back in the 1980’s and 1990’s to even get them! – Then in 1992 we finally got them in DC!

    The reason why we should keep domestic partnerships is because that activists like me tried very hard to get them a minimal relationship recognition model. I and many others have never given-up on lobbying politicians and lawmakers to even provide and implement them.

    I have a saying in my business:
    My friend who died recently from AIDS once said to me that I will never forget:
    “We gays are not ruining or destroying marriage at all, we as gay people are here on this earth to strengthen marriage by making it more inclusive to others, we gays deserve the very civil decent right to marry the person we love!”

  3. Robert, ex pat Brit 2 Dec 2009, 2:41pm

    Way to go, DC. How sad that DC recognises same-sex marriage performed elsewhere as legal marriages, yet our own UK government can’t. We’re so backward.

  4. Aussie Gay Activist Paul Mitchell,

    The Mayor of DC Adrian Fenty has promised to sign it and even the anti-gay Republicans in congress admit that a Congressional blockage of the bill in unlikely (but they’ll still try anyway).

    The bill comes into effect I believe shortly after the 30 day Congressional review.

    While obvisiously nothing is a 100% certain I think we can be pretty confident that DC is going to get marriage equality.

    Yes this is limited to the city itself but having gay people marry in the capital of the US is a pretty big achievement.

  5. Bishop Ioan 2 Dec 2009, 6:24pm

    Hope the city council passes it and it is signed into law, etc. It will show groups like the Roman Catholic Church that their blackmail ploys will not work.

    Marriage equality in DC would be a beacon to the marriage equality movement…very important after CA and ME. The more places that marriage equality becomes law, the sooner we will have it in all 50 states. You GO DC City Council!

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