NY Times Editorial: “This Is a Question of Fairness’

New York Times
May 8, 2009
This week, the City Council of the District of Columbia voted to recognize marriages between gay people certified in other states. Unfortunately, there already are calls for Congress to once more tread on home rule and block this progress in the nation’s capital. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is right to caution against such grandstanding. Governor Baldacci of Maine heard the people speak. Congress should listen. [link]

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DC Mayor says he signed marriage bill

NBC Washington
May 7, 2009


DC Mayor Adrian Fenty says he's signed the marriage bill, discusses school vouchers and says the school board has its place. [Link]

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DC, Congress, and the ‘M’ Word; Part Deux

Huffington Post
May 5, 2009

Q: WHAT COMES NEXT?
A: After today, a 30 legislative day review period will begin. At the end of those 30 legislative (not calendar) days, the District of Columbia can begin to honor valid marriage contracts from other jurisdictions, regardless of sexual orientation. [Link]

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D.C. Marriage Measure Set for Mayor’s Signature

The Washington Post
May 5, 2009

An overwhelming majority on the D.C. Council voted today to recognize gay couples' marriages performed in other states. The measure, approved by a vote 12 to 1, now goes to Mayor Arian M. Fenty (D), a supporter of marriage equality. If Fenty signs it, the District will put marriage directly before the Congress. Under Home Rule, the District's laws are subject to a 30-day congressional review period. [Link]

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How Gays Won a Marriage Victory

The Washington Post
April 15, 2009

The Washington Post interviews advocates from Lambda Legal and other national LGBT groups to discuss recent advances in marriage equality in Iowa, Vermont and D.C., and the future of marriage for gay couples as a national issue. [Link]

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DC, Congress, and the “M” Word

The Huffington Post
April 9, 2009

Could Congress legislatively overturn the DC Council's decision to recognize these civil marriages from other jurisdictions? They certainly could, as already noted, by passing such a prohibition in both legislative bodies and gaining the approval of the President. None of us know for sure if this will happen or not. Or the Democratic Leadership could make it clear that any effort to distract from this agenda would not be entertained. Also, if Barack Obama would send a signal that such meddling by Congress in local affairs would meet with a Presidential veto, it should also provide ample reason for Congress to tend to its business. [Link]

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DC Vote Puts Gay Marriage in Front of Congress

The Associated Press
April 8, 2009
The Washington, D.C. Council's vote to recognize marriages of gay couples performed elsewhere puts the issue on the path to Congress, which has final say over D.C.'s laws. It could gauge the new Congress' "appetite for re-examining" the federal so-called DOMA, though many are optimistic that the law will clear Congress after a final council vote in May. [Link]

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EDITORIAL: Triumph for Equality

The Washington Post
April 8, 2009
Through very different means and under very different circumstances, lawmakers in Vermont and the District yesterday came to the same conclusion: Common decency and the protections guaranteed to all citizens by the rule of law demand that the relationships of gay men and lesbians be respected and recognized. [Link]

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OPINION: What’s next for marriage equality?

The Washington Post
April 7, 2009
The Post asked observers and activists for their take on Tuesday's legalization of gay couples' marriages in Vermont and last week's marriage ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court, as well as the D.C. Council's vote to recognize same-sex couples' marriages performed in other states. Joe Mathews, Gary Busek, Samuel Rodriguez, Lea Brilmayer, Scott Keeter and Bruce Fein weigh in. [Link]

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D.C. Council Votes to Recognize Other States’ Gay Marriages

The Washington Post
April 7, 2009
Domestic partnerships are already legal in the nation's capital, and gay couples married in other states are recognized as domestic partners when they move to the city. But today's legislation, billed as an important milestone in gay rights, explicitly recognizes them as married couples. [Link]

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