The Washington CityPaper's Mike DeBonis reports
The D.C. Council, in a long anticipated move, voted to legalize the performance of same-sex marriages in Washington. Only two members, Ward 7's Yvette Alexander and Ward 8's Marion Barry, voted against the measure, which continues now to a second and final vote next month.
ABC News reported:
The D.C. Council voted in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, moving Washington, D.C., a big step closer to becoming the first jurisdiction below the Mason-Dixon Line to allow full civil equality for gays and lesbians.
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To ensure that the D.C. Council -- a unicameral body -- does not act in haste, its full membership votes on all bills twice before any legislation becomes law.
As a result, the gay-marriage bill will come up for a second vote of the full Council on Dec. 15.
If, as expected, it is approved a second time, it will then go to Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty, who supports the legislation, for his signature.
Read the Washington Times version here.