Same-sex marriages in the US might be about to become legal. Washington DC city council has voted in order to recognise same-sex marriages conducted in the other states of the country. (photo, from bbc.co.uk)
As Washington DC is not a state, the Congress will now have to approve the decision before it can become law.
Gay marriage is now permitted in four US states : Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa. Legislation to allow it is in progress in other states.
Washington DC city council passed the resolution by 12 votes to one.
Council member David A. Catania, one of two openly gay members of the body, explained his reasons for supporting the measure during the debate.
“This issue is whether or not our colleagues on a personal level view me and [Council member] Jim Graham as your equals”, he said.
“If we are permitted the same rights and responsibilities and obligations as our colleagues. So this is personal. This is acknowledging our families as much as we acknowledge you.”
The only member to vote against the proposal was Marion Barry, who is Washington DC former Mayor.
In response to Mr Catania’s remarks he said : “I understand this is personal to you and Mr Graham.”
“I resent Mr Catania saying either you are a bigot or against bigotry as though this particular legislation represents all of that.”
Before being placed before Congress, the law will be sent to DC current Mayor Adrian Fenty, a supporter of gay marriage, for approval.