D.C. Council Votes 12-1 to Recognize Same-Sex Unions

The D.C. Council voted 12-1 today to recognize same-sex unions and marriages performed elsewhere, the Washington Post reports:

Barry "The measure, approved by a vote 12 to 1, now goes to Mayor Arian M. Fenty (D), a supporter of gay marriage. If Fenty signs it, the District will put the same-sex marriage issue directly before the Congress. Under Home Rule, the District's laws are subject to a 30-day congressional review period. After the vote, a large crowd of opponents, led by local ministers, began yelling 'Get them off the council!' referring to the members who supported the measure. The Council initially voted unanimously, without debate, to approve the bill. But Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) apparently did not realize what he was voting on. A few minutes after the initial vote, Barry made a motion to reconsider the vote. He then voted against the proposal. Before the final vote, Barry noted he has been a longtime supporter of gay rights but said he decided to stand with the 'ministers who stand on the moral compass of God.'"

Added Barry: "It has been a very agonizing and difficult decision. I feel comfortable with this position because I know where my heart is. . . . I am representing my constituents. I have thought about it lot and I have been a friend of [the gay] community and will continue to be a friend of this community."

Barry (pictured), a 4x married, ex-con, tax-evading, crack addict, declared himself a moral leader at a rally against the same-sex union measure at a rally last week organized by Reverend Harry Jackson.

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