The Associated Press reports that Washington D.C.’s City Council has voted to legalize the freedom to marry for gay couples the nation’s capital. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill. The final vote Tuesday was 11-2.
The bill now goes to Congress, which has final say over the district’s laws. Opponents say they’ll try to get Congress or voters to overturn it. Passage of the bill is a victory for gay marriage supporters, who have been dealt a recent string of defeats in Maine, New York and New Jersey.
If Congress doesn’t reject the bill, D.C. should start issuing marriage licenses around St. Patrick’s Day, which will make opponents green with envy. (Sorry, I could not pass up the bad pun)