Washington, D.C. may soon become the seventh place in the United States — eighth when counting California — to legalize gay marriage.
Openly gay Councilman David Catania said at a gay rights rally yesterday, he plans to introduce a gay marriage bill Tuesday.
“We are going to do it now, not for ourselves, but for the young people who are 20-years-old, 16-years-old, 13-years-old,” Catania told a crowd, reported by The Washington Post.
The bill, “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Amendment Act of 2009,” would change the District’s definintion of marriage to say “marriage is the legally recognized union of two people” and “any person who otherwise meets the eligibility requirements … may marry any other eligible person regardless of gender.”
The council and mayor are certain to pass the bill; however, because Washington, D.C. has no state government, Congress will need to review and vote on it before it can become law.
Just half a year ago, Washington, D.C. passed a bill recognizing same-sex marriages performed in other states or countries.
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— Simon Husted