Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gay Washington D.C.

     The New York Times reports

    The [Washington D.C.] City Council passed a measure Tuesday legalizing same-sex marriage, making the nation’s capital the first jurisdiction below the Mason-Dixon Line to allow such unions.
     The bill, which passed by an 11-to-2 vote, may still face obstacles in Congress, among city voters and in the courts, but most advocates say they expect it to become law by the spring. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has said he will sign it.
     “Today’s vote is an important victory not only for the gay and lesbian community but for everyone who supports equal rights,” said Councilman David A. Catania, an independent and the author of the bill... “I think that putting the rights of minorities on the ballot and allowing the forces of intolerance to spend an unlimited amount to demonize and marginalize a population is unsavory.”
     In November, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said that if the law passed, the church might have to limit its social service programs that help residents with adoption, homelessness and health care.
     So, will the Catholic church and its closeted gay clerics keep its threatening promise to stop serving the poor of our nation's capital in protest?  Only time will tell.

     The Times goes on to report that other religious groups have endorsed the bill and equality for all couples:
     “Social justice and equality are goals for all people of faith, which is why so many religious leaders and faithful people in the District support this legislation,” said the Rev. Robert Hardies, senior pastor of All Souls Church Unitarian and a co-chairman of D.C. Clergy United for Marriage Equality. “The D.C. marriage equality bill ends harmful discrimination against same-sex couples, and we celebrate the City Council for supporting the human rights of all residents.”


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