Wednesday, December 16, 2009

D.C. passes marriage equality bill

From the Campaign for All D.C. Families:

Campaign for All D.C. Families praises marriage equality vote

Washington, D.C., December 15, 2009 - The D.C. City Council today voted for the second time as a full council in favor of the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009. The bill, which will formally legalize marriage for gay and lesbian couples in the District of Columbia while protecting the rights of religious institutions to define marriage according to their own beliefs, will soon be signed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and finally go to Capitol Hill for Congressional review before becoming law.

Aisha Mills, president of the Campaign for All D.C. Families, released the following statement after the vote:

“This is a historic day for the District of Columbia. Equality for all DC residents has prevailed. The Council's decision today embodies the true essence of leadership. Thanks to their bold work, all DC families will have the same protections, opportunities and obligations under the law.

“Campaign for All DC Families applauds our City Council and the community leaders who have worked tirelessly for decades in the pursuit of equality for all DC families. Their unwavering commitment to fairness and equal rights for all loving, committed couples has brought us to this moment.

“But as we celebrate today, we are reminded that our work toward equality and social justice is not yet complete. We must remain vigilant to ensure that the Congress lets this law stand, and that our equality is not put to a vote in the district.”

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