DC Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Marriage Equality Legislation

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DC Council Gives Preliminary Approval to Marriage Equality Legislation

WASHINGTON - The D.C. City Council today voted 11-2 to approve legislation that
would allow same-sex couples to be married in the District of Columbia.  The legislation
will be voted on again in two weeks, at which time it will be sent to Mayor
Adrian Fenty, who has promised to sign it.

People For the American
Way President Michael B. Keegan issued the
following statement:

“I’m proud that our nation’s capital has moved a step
closer to full equality for all its citizens and grateful to the members of the
City Council who stood up for fairness for all people.  Local activists
have been working for years to achieve this victory, and they should be
commended for their tireless commitment to this cause.

“Today’s legislation includes important protections which
ensure that the religious liberty of all people will be protected. 
Churches can and will always have the right to decide which marriages they
bless.  It has been disappointing to see right wing leaders and clergy
members misrepresent the law in an effort to spread fear and score political
points.

“I look forward to final passage of this legislation and to the
day when all couples will be treated equally under the law.”

Reverend Kenneth Samuel, Senior Fellow at People For the American Way,
issued a statement in advance of the vote.  You can read it here.

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People For the American Way is dedicated to making the promise of America real for every American: Equality. Freedom of speech. Freedom of religion. The right to seek justice in a court of law. The right to cast a vote that counts. The American Way. Our vision is a vibrantly diverse democratic society in which everyone is treated equally under the law, given the freedom and opportunity to pursue their dreams, and encouraged to participate in our nation’s civic and political life. Our America respects diversity, nurtures creativity and combats hatred and bigotry.

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