Its been quite a week in the movement for marriage equality. The Iowa Supreme Court legalized marriage between same-sex couples in a unanimous decision. The Vermont became the first state to legalize marriage legislatively when the state's legislature overrode the governor's veto. And, the DC City Council passed not one, but two relationship recognition bills. The most important one in my opinion is the bill that includes language recognizing marriages performed in other jurisdictions as marriages in the District.
The DC marriage recognition bill passed the Council with a unanimous vote and Mayor Adrian Fenty has said that he will sign the bill into law. In DC the fight for marriage equality is more complicated than it is in the states. We face not only the hurdles of getting legislation through our legislative body, educating residents about marriage and gay people and the possibility of a referendum fight, but also the possibility of intervention from members of Congress.
At Bilerico DC we have a number of strong posts describing the situation that I want to share with you.
Marriage Recognition in DC: Business as Usual? - Guest Blogger Bob Summersgill
Cool Your Jets - John Shields
Fathers, Sons and Lies about Marriage - Sean Bugg