According to the Washington Post, the D.C. Council approved a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the District in a final vote Tuesday, capping a debate that has gone on almost all year.
The measure passed 11-2, with members Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) the dissenters. The bill will be sent to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who is expected to sign it before Christmas. The bill will become law this spring if, as expected, it survives a 30-day congressional review period.
"We are on the verge of history," council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), the lead sponsor of the bill, told about 350 same-sex marriage supporters at a pre-vote rally Monday night in Shaw. "For the world to see gays and lesbian couples equal to straight couples in the nation's capital, that is an important message."
Council member Harry Thomas Jr. (D-Ward 5), who also addressed the crowd, said the council was poised to send a signal to the nation that "this is a human rights issue for justice and equality."
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