The District of Columbia City Council passed the marriage equality bill by a vote of 11 to 2. From there, the bill goes to Mayor Adrian Fenty, who has pledged to sign it. This is great news for D.C. same-sex couples.
Read the Text of the Marriage Equality Bill.
Opponents of same-sex marriage will, of course, push for a referendum to overturn the bill. I was pleased to see that the D.C. Council did not bow to the threats of the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, which said that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn’t change the proposed same-sex marriage law.
Is it me or does the threat just drip with hypocrisy?
Under the bill, religious organizations would not be required to perform same-sex weddings, nor would they be obliged to offer their space for them. They would have to obey city laws prohibiting discrimination against gay men and lesbians, however. (How nice).
Here is a wonderful piece by Allison Kilkenny (posted 11/12/09): Catholic Church Threatens To Stop Feeding Homeless Over Gay Marriage
Those who wish to urge the Archdiocese not to use the homeless as “anti-gay pawns” may follow the link to sign a letter to Archbishop Whuerl: Don’t use the Homeless as Anti-Gay Pawns!
It always saddens me that whenever the lesbian and gay community celebrates a hard-won victory, there’s some group on the other side just waiting to rain on the parade. I say raise those rainbow flags high and keep marching.