City Desk

D.C. Gay Marriage Passes Initial Vote, 11-2

Jackson-1

The D.C. Council, in a long anticipated move, voted to legalize the performance of same-sex marriages in Washington. Only two members, Ward 7's Yvette Alexander and Ward 8's Marion Barry, voted against the measure, which continues now to a second and final vote next month.

At-Large Councilmember Phil Mendelson, who shepherded the bill though the council, said there were 'no surprises' today. Ahead of the votes, several of colleagues gave short statements in support of the bill; only Barry spoke against it.

"'I stand here to declare, in no uncertain terms, my strong commitment to the gay and lesbian, transgender, and bisexual community on almost every issue but this one," Barry said.

He stood alone in vocalizing his opposition. Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham detailed a 20-year campaign toward gay equality, beginning with the legalization of sodomy and continuing with the establishment of domestic partnerships, and the near-constant addition of rights to that designation.

"Consider this whole march of progess in terms of human dignity, human equality, fairness," he said on the dais.

At-Large Councilmember David A. Catania, main author of the bill, described it as "a day I never though I'd see and never though I'd have the privilege to participate in as a gay person."

Afterward, supporters and opponents of the measure gathered with media in the Wilson Building hallway.

Much of the debate in recent weeks has centered around whether Catholic Charities will continue to provide city-funded services to the District. Susan Gibbs said the Archdiocese of Washington is "committed to providing services with the resources we have" while emphasizing its responsibility to "follow our teaching."

Gibbs said talks continue on a possible solution that could keep Catholic Charities as a city contractor; she described a meeting yesterday with councilmembers as "substantive and positive." Catania, on the dais, said, "My door remains open to anty language that could perfect the religious freedom" aspect of the bill. Asked whether a solution is possible in the coming month, Gibbs said, "I'm in the business of faith."

Bishop Harry Jackson, leader of a coalition opposing the gay marriage measure, vowed to continue his fight in the courts and on Capitol Hill—and reiterated his desire to have a citywide vote on the matter. "All of the cards have been placed in the hands of the city council," Jackson said,

Jackson acknowledged that moving his fight to the Hill threatens to thin his coalition, with some local folks revolted by same-sex marriage revolted even more by the prospect of subverting a local political decision. But he says that those folks "will not protest if we get our way."

On the Hill, Jackson said he's working with a "consortium" of representatives. He named only Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, but he added he had some "strong leadership vows."

"The test," he says, "is, can we get some Blue Dog Democrats to cross the aisle with us?"

Jackson gave credit to gay-marriage proponents for their longstanding campaign. "My opponents have done a masterful job of systematically bringing the council to where it is," he said. "A council that doesn't agree on anything!"

Photo by Darrow Montgomery/File

Blog Widget by LinkWithin

Comments

  1. #1

    My understanding is the second vote will be this month (probably December 15).

  2. #2

    Jim Graham, AKA 'The Queen Of All Media' for once, shut you're pie hole!, you media whore!

  3. #3

    Maybe wards 7 and 8 should seceded to Maryland so they can continue their relationship with Bishop Jackson, whose preachings don't coincide with the bible's fundamental teachings of tolerance and acceptance. Or, perhaps Bishop Jackson should tend to his own flock (Maryland) instead of his neighbor's (DC). Judging others is also not a very christian value.

  4. #4

    LOL@Rick Mangus. If you think Miss Graham is a Queen; Miss David Catania is the wicked Queen. He's a vicious hateful Queen. I hope former Ward 2 ANC Commissioner Leroy Thorpe whips his ass someday. LOL

  5. #5

    A Dec. 15 legislative meeting hasn't been announced yet. It's possible, but not certain.

  6. #6

    Jovi sort of agreeing with Mangus, wow, the world must be coming to an end. You two are the only bitter bitches here.

    Bishop Jackson is one ugly motherfucker. Jeez. He might be gay as well, but is just angry cause no dude would get with his fuggly ass. Jeez, this guy needs to crawl back into what slimey puddle he came out of.

  7. #7

    I feel that this issue should have been on the 2010 ballot. Now before you start throwing stones, here's why.
    We know that this legislation will pass again later this month and that Fenty will sign it into law, now comes the speed bump, CONGRESS! If you think you have a friend in a Democratic controlled House and Senate, think again!

    These representatives on the hill are what?, come on think, POLITICIANS!, and they ALL talk out of both sides of there mouths.

    Now if the people of the District of Columbia voted and passed this legislation, then you can use this as leverage to put Congress on notice that the people have spoken and thus a stronger argument for a voting seat in the house. Another by-product to this is that it would also shut-up that carpetbagger, Bishop Jackson.

  8. #8

    To 'Adrian Bent-Me', BITTER YES!, A BITCH ALWAYS!

  9. #9

    Rick: The problem with wanting it on the ballot, is the fact that we, the DC VOTERS, voted years ago to prevent discrimination, and to prevent any legislation that would discriminate from being placed on the ballot. We also VOTED the current DC Council to REPRESENT us. Even Harry Thomas, (my councilmember) said it well. He put his personal and religious beliefs asided (unlike Barry) and voted to make sure that all DC residents have equality. He seriously went out on a limb considering Ward 5 split almost 50/50 depending on if you get actual DC residents or those that attend that religious cult on RI Avenue. If the people of DC are so against it, then we will have to repeal the HRA, which I seriously doubt anyone will. Also, the ones screaming 'put it to a vote' are mainly the bigots from Maryland and some other religious zealot bigots. We may do stupid things in DC, like Ward 8 voting Barry in over and over, but, we are smart when it comes to protecting the rights of individual residents.

  10. #10

    I see the point, I guess.

  11. #11

    Barry is an idiot and Yvette Alexander is a COWard (notice the emphasis on cow, she is HUGE!). If you are bold enough to vote it down, be bold enough to explain why. At least Barry spoke to it. Can someone vote these two out already? Ward 7 and 8 deserve so much better.

  12. #12

    Utter BS until they lower the age of consent. If it's now legal for two homos to get married and buttfuck each other into oblivion, why is it illegal for a 19 year old to have sex with a 17 year old?

    Why does that buy the 19 year old a lifetime on the sex-offender list after they spend 10-20 years getting assraped in prison for statutory rape?

    This whole issue sickens me. Nothing but a bunch of faggots abusing the democratic process.

  13. #13

    "Even Harry Thomas, (my councilmember) said it well. He put his personal and religious beliefs asided (unlike Barry) and voted to make sure that all DC residents have equality."

    Actually he didn't and it's a great rationalization for you to say that. He merely chose what was in his best political interests.

    Dream on if you think otherwise.

  14. #14

    jf1--Oh, I know it was a complete snow job, but, as a Ward 5 resident, he did throw himself out there, so I at least give him that credit.

  15. #15

    @Jon Bon Jovi - I don't think former ANC Commissioner Leroy Thorpe is going to be whipping Catania's ass. Thorpe is going down - on 11/20 he was arrested for filing a false police report.

  16. #16

    'jf1', you're education, or lack there of shows. You sound just like the good old boys in the South who like to go around in white sheets, burning crosses and bombing a church with children in it, all in the name of God! Give me a break, and take a good look at yourself in the mirror and look at how truly ugly you are.

    P.S. I hear Rev. Philips in Topeka, KS is looking for biggots!

  17. #17

    Mangus- I retract my statement that you are a bitter bitch. Bon Jovi definitely is. I guess, the queen talk had me assuming that you were a close-minded bigot like he was. My apologies, you make some sense.

    Is everyone in agreement that Harry Jackson is one fugly bitch. My God, I will have tremors tonight because of this picture.

  18. #18

    Adrian Bent-Me, it seems you are the bitter "BITCH". You sound like you are mad that Bishop Jackson didn't let you suck his black "COCK". I am never a bitch like you or that racist cracker David Catania. For the record, I am heterosexual and don't give a shit about the gay marriage issue, because in the end, Congress will have the last say in the Nations Capital this country. I have concerts to do and to make more money. LOL

  19. #19

    "For the record, I am heterosexual"

    Bon Jovi, you are as pathetic as your songs. You are the racist bigot here (well, me too, but that's different, I'm Eskimo, so it doesn't count).

    Anyhoo, anyone who needs to profess their heterosexuality is hiding something (remember George Michaels, Ted Haggard, or a host of Republican politcos?).

    Go off and make as much money doing your concerts. Don't forget your makeup and drag costume. Enjoy bitter bitch.

  20. #20

    Let's Be Honest! The main reason why Barry and Alexander voted no because they are vulnerable politicians and voting yes would mean risk losing their jobs.

  21. #21

    Adrian Bent-Me, you sound like a typical vicious lonely homosexual man. I am not going to argue with you about this issue. You are in love with Bishop Jackson and you want to suck on this black "COCK". Why don't you give the Bishop a call or kill your fucking self. As for my music, I am doing well financially. What about you asshole? You will die a lonely miserable gay man. It's the holidays and you have no one to share it with. I do have children and family to spend the holidays with. You will be somewhere depressed and lonely during Christmas and the New Year. Maybe you can visit a bath house and go suck cock or exspose yourself to AIDS and die.

  22. #22

    Jovi- You seem to know a whole lot about the gay lifestyle. The more you deny it, the more I'm certain that you are gay. Nothing wrong with be gay. I love penis, well really, my penis, but it is still a penis.

    How can I be lonely this Christmas when I have the bath houses to visit Jovi? Do you know of any good ones? Besides, since you hint at the notion that gays can't enjoy Christmas with their families, I would suggest we meet up and celebrate Boxing Day instead.

    Also, for all the money and success you have, you're fucking pretty pathetic to be blogging here, you bitter bitch.

  23. #23

    ADRIAN FENTY IS A FAGGIE. THATS WHY HE LIKE RIDING HIS BIKE SO MUCH. HE LIKES THINGS POKING HIM IN THE BUTT!

    GAYTANIA AND GRAHAM MUST GO!

    HOMOSEXUALITY IS A CHOICE!
    YOU ARE NOT BORN A HOMOSEXUAL!

    YOU PUNKS SNUCK ONE IN ON US. I DID NOT REALIZE THAT THE SODOMY LAW WAS REPEALED IN 1993. YOU SLIMY BASTURDS!!

    YOU COCKSUKERS MAY HAVE WON A FEW BATTLES BUT YOU WILL NOT WIN THE WAR!

  24. #24

    This blog is a riot. Thank you Washington City Paper for letting people say whatever they like. It's been Comedy Central on here. I sincerely think, many of these people making comments on here are not homophobic or racist. I think, most are comedians or want to be anyway.

    Slave to the Rythm and Pull Up To The Bumper. Those were my hit songs back in the day at the Garage in New York City. The children danced non stop all night to House Music. Jon Bon Jovi, we should do a concert together. You are hot; I love white men. I have married several and I have had sex with both men and women.

  25. #25

    'NOODLEZ' being gay is not a choice, would anyone choose to put up with narrow minded simpletons like you, or to get beat-up for being gay. Granted the GLBT community has it's faults, but who doesn't. I'm sure you have you're faults for being a narrow minded bigoted dum ass.

  26. #26

    HEY RICK "THERE IS A MAN IN MY GUT"-YOU MADE A LIL PROGRESS WITH THIS COMMENT.

    UNFORTUNETLY I CANT ANSWER YOUR QUESTION WHY ANYONE WOULD CHOOSE TO PUT UP WITH SOMEONE THAT THEY OPPOSE.

    I CAN TELL YOU THAT HOMOSEXUALITY IS A CHOICE. YOU MAKE A CHOICE TO HAVE SEX WITH A PERSON OF THE SAME SEX! JUST LIKE YOU MAKE A CHOICE TO HAVE SEX WITH A PERSON OF THE OPPOSITE SEX OR MAKE A CHOICE TO REMAIN ABSTINENT.

    SUCKING ALL THAT SPERMATOZOA GOT YOUR MIND CLOUDY AND YOU CANT COMPREHEND RIGHT NOW SO LET ME BREAK IT DOWN FOR YA!

    FOLK CAN BE HOMOSEXUAL ALL THEY WANT. I JUST DONT WANT IT ALL IN THE ETHER. KEEP THAT NASTINESS IN YOUR BEDROOM.
    THERE ARE FAR MORE PRESSING ISSUES IN THE WORLD (FRESH WATER) AND IN THIS COUNTRY (FINANCIAL SECURITY AND EDUCATION) THAN TO BE PUTTING THAT SAME-SEX MARRIAGE GARBAGE IN THE FOREFRONT.

    IT PAINS ME TO SEE THE AIDS RATE THROUGH THE ROOF AND SEE THE PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR OVERSIGHT ON THIS DREADED SOCIAL EMERGENCY FOCUS ALL HIS ATTENTION TO THIS NON-ISSUE!

    YOU AND YOUR KIND THINK THIS IS SOME MOUNTAIN YOU HAVE TO CONQUER. GET OVER IT! YOU WILL NEVER BE ACCEPTED IN MAINSTREAM SOCIETY AND THIS LIL MOVEMENT WILL STOP WITHOUT FANFARE.

    SO GET THAT MAN OUTTA YOUR GUT, GET THAT COCK OUTTA YOUR MOUTH, STAND UP AND PUT ALL THAT HOMOSEXUAL ENERGY TO GOOD USE BY GOING TO A FOREIGN LAND AND DIG SOME TRENCHES INSTEAD OF DIGGING IN SOMEONES ASS!

    ONE MORE THING! YO MAMMA A DUM ASS!

  27. #27

    'NOODLEZ' It's ok to come out of the closet, girlfriend. So put on that hair wave and join us! Come on 'NOODLEZ' you know you've been to the FIREPLACE!

  28. #28

    CORRECTION:

    Another spelling correction line two, 'weave' instead of 'wave'

  29. #29

    Noodlez isn't mad that he's gay. He's mad that he's gay and has a small noodle. Hence the need to compensate by blogging in CAPS.

    Grace- I'm a liberal minded bigot and an equal opportunity hater, both on this blog and in life.

  30. #30

    It is quite highly amusing but more than a little vile and sickening that heterosexuals feel that they should be able to vote on and decide the civil liberties of another human being that they consider inferior to them. They do not vote on EACH OTHER'S civil liberties. So what gives them the right to vote on ANYONE'S???

    If heterosexuals hate their gay creations so much, perhaps they should be figuring out a way to prevent it in utero, rather than to torment and abuse and dehumanize the gay people that they have created.

    It is also quite highly amusing but more than a little vile and sickening to watch heterosexuals screaming their heads off about morality while participating in Apartheid against gay citizens as they move about state by state and carve their gay children out of the Constitution. Vile. Sickening. Wrong. Unconstitutional. Weak. Pathetic. I could go on...

    God would never condone this kind of treatment of his gay creations, and every single person on earth knows that.

    And as I watch this perpetual and unwarranted abuse by heterosexuals of the very gay people they created while standing behind the protective curtain of 'god' and 'bible,' I have never in my 40 years on this planet been more thankful to god for having made me a gay human being. The alternative these days has become so ugly, so violent, so ungodly toward their very own children, gay or otherwise, that I simply would not want to join their version of what they call morality.

    Look around, people. Wake up to yourselves.

    What you are doing to gay citizens is NOT ok.

    No matter what your god tells you.

  31. #31

    This Harry Jackson is a disgusting man - I don't understand why people keep claiming he's a Christian.

  32. #32

    Wow! This is great news for DC and I am happy with the outcome. Now my prayers are that no power formed against prosper. God loves all people.

Comments Shown. Turn Comments Off.
...