City Desk

Projected Gay Marriage Day: March 2

So the gay marriage bill passed by the D.C. Council and signed by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is now before Congress for a 30-legislative-day passive review period.

But what is a legislative day? It means days when at last one house of Congress is in session, and while most business days are legislative days and vice versa, that's not necessarily the case. (Note the Saturday sessions held in both houses to push the health care bill through.)

According to an informal count done yesterday by D.C. Council's chief attorney, Brian Flowers, gay marriages are projected to be legal in the District come March 2.

That counts last Tuesday as a legislative day, and it assumes that Congress takes Martin Luther King Day and all of the week following Presidents' Day off and stays out of session on weekends. That may be a pessimistic assumption, given the goal to have health care done by the State of the Union address.

Unknown to LL: Whether you have to wait until March 2 to take the vows, or whether you can start hitchin' as soon as business is gaveled to a close on March 1. Anyone know?

From: "Flowers, Brian (COUNCIL)"
To: "Flowers, Brian (COUNCIL)"
Sent: Mon, January 11, 2010 4:56:11 PM
Subject: March 2, 2010 – projected law date for Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009

FYI – The date has slipped because Congress was out on the Jan. 6,7,8 and 11. As of today, the projected law date fore the marriage equality bill would be March 2, 2010. The count includes 14 days in January, 15 days in February and one day in March, making March 2 the 31st day as follows. This count excludes the MLK holiday and the week including the President’s Day week.

January (14 days)
5, 12, 13, 14, 15
19, 20, 21, 22
25, 26, 27, 28, 29

February (15 days)

March (1 day)

Brian K. Flowers
General Counsel
Council of the District of Columbia

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  • Reid

    Ah yes, but don't forget about the 3 day waiting period that DC has in order to totally screw up the lives of people who have a million other things to be thinking about instead of some stupid archaic three day waiting period and now their mom is livid because they don't get to see their child get "really married" married because the office wasn't open on Columbus Day and seriously do we really still celebrate Columbus Day in this day and age?

    At least they won't need a blood test though...

  • Mike DeBonis

    Yes, LL has just been informed of that 3-day waiting period. Really kills the drama!

  • Jesse Helms

    I wonder how many employees at the Washington City Paper are gay and bisexual? It appears, they love to discuss this homosexual issue and other liberal bullshit issues, when they are not race baiting.

  • DCAV8R

    That bigot from Utah is trying to introduce federal legislation requiring a vote on the issue. He wont vote to give us full representation, but will vote to allow religious zealot bigots to try and enact discrimination in our city. Can't wait for the Prop 8 decision to go to SCOTUS and make all these bigots finally have to accept the fact that they are on the wrong side of history.