Last night, hundreds filled the Shaw Center in northwest Washington D.C. at a rally sponsored by D.C. Clergy for Marriage Equality, D.C. for Marriage, the Human Rights Campaign, the Campaign for All D.C. Families and other groups in anticipation of the second of two votes on marriage equality in the District, which will take place this morning. The first vote approved the measure 11-2 on December 1.
It is expected to pass by a wide margin. D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty is expected to quickly sign the bill into law and it will then go to Congress, where it will be reviewed for 30 days. Barring opposition, it will become law. In early October, the Washington Post said that Congress was unlikely to block the bill.
At the rally, the bill's main sponsor David Catania, who is the subject of a big profile piece in the Washington Post today, thanked supporters, even those who voted against the bill: "I want to thank the two who are not with us. Not because they are not with us now. But because they have been with us so often on so many other issues."
Watch video of the rally from NBC Washington, AFTER THE JUMP...