DC Council Approves Same-Sex Marriage Bill

The bill now moves on to Mayor Fenty's desk...

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The latest out of DC on the same-sex marriage front. From The Washington Post:

The D.C. Council gave final approval Tuesday to a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, setting off a wave of excitement in the gay community even as opponents vow to continue the fight on Capitol Hill.

The bill, approved by a vote of 11 to 2, will now go to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), who is expected to sign it before Christmas. The bill will become law in the spring if it survives a 30-day legislative review period.

After the vote, dozens same-sex marriage supporters rose to their feet and began cheering in the council chamber, despite council rules prohibiting public demonstrations.

"In many ways, this is the final prize," said council member Jim Graham (D-Ward 1), one of two openly gay council members.

To block the legislation, the Democratic-controlled House and Senate and President Obama would all have to sign off on a disapproval resolution within 30 legislative days, which advocates say is not likely.

"We believe we are firmly rooted in the right side of history, and I know we are going to prevail," said council member David A. Catania (I-At Large), who is also gay and sponsored the bill. "But we are going to have to remain vigilant to protect this right."

Read more on the bill at WashingtonPost.com