Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Having been overwhelmingly approved by the Washington D.C. Council and most likely to be approved by D.C's Mayor, Arian Fenty, the issue of same-sex marriage for Washington D.C. may well, by likely extension, have implications for the rest of the country in the foreseeable future, as it will be debated by Congress.

It will be difficult to reconcile Congress' approval of same-sex marriage for Washington, D.C. and not have it recommend its approval for other states in the union. I might be overly optimistic, but it will be interesting to see how this all plays out in Congress, and what influence Congress' debate and ultimate decision have on the courts.

Part of the story reads as follows:

An overwhelming majority on the D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, sending the District deeper into the national debate and galvanizing supporters on both sides of the issue.

The measure, approved by a vote 12 to 1, now goes to Mayor Arian M. Fenty (D), a supporter of gay marriage.

If Fenty signs it, the District will put the same-sex marriage issue directly before the Congress. Under Home Rule, the District's laws are subject to a 30-day congressional review period.

[For the full article, see here.]
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