Moving Forward

D.C. Council Approves Same-Sex Marriage

Washington, D.C.'s city council passed a bill Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage by a vote of 11 to 2, speaking to what the bill's chief sponsor, David A. Catina, calls “the long and rich tradition of tolerance and acceptance that does make up the sense of place in the District of Columbia." However, before the District joins the five states allowing gay marriage—New Hampshire, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont and Massachusetts—the council must pass another vote in two weeks, after which the measure will go to Mayor Adrian M. Fenty for signing.