Here is a great article on a new campaign to win marriage rights in Washington, D.C. The residents of D.C. are in a unique position in that the city's mayor and an overwhelming majority of council members support marriage equality, but the federal government has the authority to "review" all legislation passed by the city council. This means that even if the D.C. passed a marriage bill the big fight would be with members of Congress who will attempt to nullify the council's decision. As icing on the cake, we also do not have voting representation in Congress.
Marriage in the Nation's Capital?
Michael Crawford, president of D.C. For Marriage, and David Mariner, another one of its founding members, said the specter of congressional intervention should not stop D.C. gays from taking steps to advance marriage rights while continuing to expand the domestic partners law. The two suggested exploring a range of proposals, including possible city recognition of same-sex marriages performed in Massachusetts or in countries like Canada that have legalized same-sex unions.
“We want to make sure that whatever we do reflects the interests and the needs of the community rather than something a handful of people are deciding,” Crawford said after the forum. “All options are on the table right now, and we’re trying to figure out the best way for us to move forward.”
Crawford and other participants said they were hopeful that the election of a Democratic president and more gay-supportive members of Congress in 2008 would make it possible for the city to pass a same-sex marriage bill in 2009.
Among the more than 40 people who turned out for the forum, held at the John A. Wilson municipal building, nearly everyone who spoke expressed support for a more cautious approach aimed at avoiding congressional intervention.
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