Editor's Note: Guest blogger Michael A. Jones blogs about LGBT issues for Change.org. He is the Communications Director for the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, and previously was Communications Director for Pax Christi USA, a progressive Catholic human rights organization.
Washington, D.C.'s City Council is moving one step closer to making the District the next locale in the U.S. to recognize marriage equality. City Council member David Catania -- himself openly gay -- has a bill ready to be introduced, and he's saying that he's got 10 council members willing to sign on as co-sponsors. At that number, the bill has enough support to all but assure its passage.
The bill's language would be simple and clear in its support for marriage equality. The bill would provide for a law in D.C. that says "marriage is the legally recognized union of two people," and "any person who otherwise meets the eligibility requirements ... may marry any other eligible person regardless of gender."
Marriage in D.C. would be huge, and certainly add one more victory for LGBT rights in 2009. Here are our five reasons why it would be good news for gay rights if same-sex marriage becomes the law of the District.