Councilmember David Catania (SFS ’90, LAW ’94) introducing same-sex marriage bill next week
D.C. Councilmember and Georgetown double alumni David Catania (I-At Large)(SFS ’90, LAW ’94) is planning to introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District next Tuesday, according to the Washington Post.
The bill, “The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009,” is being co-sponsored by ten of the D.C. Council’s 13 members, and Mayor Adrian Fenty (D) has pledged to sign the bill, so it is all but guaranteed to pass.
According to the Post, the bill will change the city code to state that “any person … may marry any other eligible person regardless of gender.”
Rumors have floated around about Catania introducing a same-sex marriage bill since last year. In May, the D.C. Council nearly unanimously passed a bill that recognized same-sex marriages performed in other states.
Catania, who is openly gay, announced his intention to introduce the bill at the Council’s Tuesday meeting at a gathering of 150 gay rights activists, saying, “We are going to do it now. We are going to do it now, not for ourselves, but for the young people who are 20 years-old, 16-years-old, 13-years-old.”
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