Bil Browning

DC Mayor Fenty signs marriage equality bill

Filed By Bil Browning | December 18, 2009 11:00 AM | comments

Filed in: Marriage Equality, Politics
Tags: Adrian Fenty, gay marriage, marriage equality, Mayor Fenty, same-sex marriage, Washington D.C.

Mayor Adrian Fenty has signed the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, following the overwhelming vote in support of marriage equality by the Washington DC City Council on Tuesday.

With today's bill signing, the District has once again proven its long-time commitment to social justice and equality. They have boldly blazed a trail for the rest of the country by creating a coalition of support among clergy representing many different faiths, and residents of every race, ethnicity and origin in this majority African-American city. Together, they have ensured that the first jurisdiction in the South to make marriage equality law is our nation's capital.

Congratulations to all of our DC contributors who worked so hard on making today a reality - especially Bilerico-DC editor Michael Crawford, who led the effort, and Cathy Renna, who has done the media work on the issue. We're very proud of all of you.

And I'm proud of my nation's capital today. DC sets a precedent that other states will want to follow.

Video of the signing ceremony after the jump.

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With respect and appreciation for everyone who has contemporaneously worked to bring this to fruition, I’m sure none of them would take credit for having first tilled DC soil for equality, and would want to say Thank You to those many local pioneers upon whose shoulders they stand, including Frank Kameny, Lilli Vincenz, Mel Boozer, Michelle Parkerson, Craig Howell, Paul Kuntzler, Jack Nichols, Nancy Tucker, Bruce Pennington, and Jim Zais, et al.