A Vote in DC’s African American Community to End Discrimination in Marriage

Washington Post
May 17, 2009
The District's debate on marriage for gays continued yesterday in the basement of a library in Ward 8, the predominantly African American community that council member Marion Barry invoked in justifying his recent vote against a bill to recognize marriages of gay couples performed outside of the city. And yesterday, gay rights advocates declared victory in a key battle to set the tone in the fight for marriage equality when the Ward 8 Democrats voted 21 to 11 to support the legalization of marriage for gay couples, in preparation for legislation expected to be introduced in the D.C. Council this year. [link]