Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Lets Make Marriage History in Washington D.C.

Washington D.C. is the capital of the United States and home to many senators and congressional members who espouse anti-queer views. However, the District of Columbia is heavily democratic and now it looks like marriage equality may be in the locales near future.

According to the Washington Blade:

"If Democrats expand their majority in Congress and California voters uphold same-sex marriage, a gay marriage bill is likely to be approved by the D.C. City Council as early as April 2009, according to activists and City Hall insiders.

With Mayor Adrian Fenty and at least 10 of the Council’s 13 members committed to passing a same-sex marriage bill, local activists and city officials have long said the only factor holding back such a bill has been the fear that Congress would invoke its powers to overturn it."
Right now we need to work very hard to ensure the election of democrats to both houses, we must win the battle against proposition 8 in California.

We also can start preparing for the fight in D.C. although legislation is not yet on the table we must contact the three council members who are still up in the air as to their vote on same-sex marriage. These members are not anti-gay and are debating whether to vote for marriage, so please politely urge them that when the bill comes up for a vote that they should vote in favor of equality.

Below are the 3 council members who we need to urge to vote in favor of marriage equality in Washington D.C.

E-Contact for council member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7)

Councilmember Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) mbarry@dccouncil.us

Councilmember Carol Schwartz (R) At-Large carol.schwartz@dc.gov

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