Monday, Dec 16, 2019
 
search SGN
SERVING SEATTLE AND THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOR 36 YEARS!

click to visit advertiser's website


Javascript DHTML Drop Down Menu Powered by dhtml-menu-builder.com

Last Weeks Edition
   
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
 

 

Speakeasy Speed Test

 
 
click to go to advertisers website
 
Marriage equality proposed for District of Columbia
Section One
ALL STORIES
  next story
Marriage equality proposed for District of Columbia

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Openly Gay D.C. Council member David Catania debuted his marriage equality bill September 30 at a Marriage Equality Convocation attended by some 300 activists.

Catania said he would be joined by nine other Council members - out of a total of 13 - in formally introducing the legislation on October 6.

Titled the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, Catania's bill would legalize same-sex marriages, while explicitly exempting religious institutions from having to perform them.

"Marriage is the legally recognized union of two people," the bill says in part. "Any person who otherwise meets the eligibility requirements & may marry any other eligible person regardless of gender."

Under the proposed legislation, D.C.'s domestic partnership laws would be phased out by January 1, 2011. No new domestic partnerships would be registered after that date. Couples who are now registered domestic partners would be allowed to apply for and receive a marriage license free of charge "provided that the parties are eligible to marry."

While D.C. enjoys limited "home rule" - meaning its Council and mayor can enact local legislation - Congress has the final say on all legislation passed by the Council and signed by the mayor.

Opponents of marriage equality have threatened to call on Congress to kill the bill if it is passed by the D.C. Council.

In his speech to the convocation, Catania acknowledged that the prospect of Congressional intervention might make some community members reluctant to call for marriage equality at this time.

"So just don't rock the boat," he imagined them saying. "So just not now & but from what we know about that message, 'not now' means 'not ever.' We are going to do it now."

"I decided for myself when I wanted to introduce this,' he added. "And I decided for myself that the sixth of October was the day I wanted to introduce it."

One of Catania's allies, Council member Phil Mendelson, noted that if D.C. public opinion turned against marriage equality, Congress would be much more likely to intervene.

"We pretty much know what the Council is going to do," Mendelson said. "That's the first decision-maker. The second decision-maker is the people. & The people are an important decision maker, and if we lose them, then for sure we're going to have trouble with the third decision-maker & Congress."

D.C. Congressional Delegate Eleanor Norton Holmes had said earlier this year that she wanted the D.C. Council to hold off on potentially controversial legislation until Congress had acted on her proposal to give D.C. full voting rights in the US House of Representatives. So far, however, the D.C. voting rights bill has been blocked by opponents.

Rev. Eric Lee of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference also addressed the convocation on September 30. While expressing strong support for marriage equality, he warned that some LGBT leaders were late in seeking to engage the African American community and "all communities, including the straight white community," in a personal, face-to-face dialogue on marriage.

Lee, who is African American and a resident of Los Angeles, cautioned D.C. leaders not to repeat the mistakes of the Prop 8 campaign in California.

The D.C. Council voted 12-0 on April 7 this year to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. As required by D.C. legal procedures, the legislation was passed a second time by a vote of 12-1, and signed into law by the mayor. The legally required review period - during which Congress could strike the new law - expired on July 7.

Domestic partnership benefits were first passed in 1992. Between 1992 and 2002, Congressional Republicans added a rider to the D.C. Appropriations Bills forbidding use of federal funds for domestic partnership benefits. The benefits finally went into effect in 2002, and since then they have been expanded several times.

Tell a friend:

Share on Facebook  Share on Facebook

Post to MySpace!Share on MySpace!

    Share on Delicious

Share on StumbleUpon!

150,000 Gay couples report marriage to census
------------------------------
Unexpected discrimination over makeup at Pink concert
------------------------------
An injury to one is an injury to all - Organized labor mobilizes for Referendum 71
------------------------------
Gay man likely to be new German foreign minister
------------------------------
Prop 8 déjà vu in Maine
------------------------------
LGBTQ resource center opens at Bellevue College
------------------------------
Tour de Life: The unwritten rules of bizarre masculine gym etiquette
------------------------------
Seattle Squadron bound for San Diego
------------------------------
Marsha Botzer to speak at National Equality March
------------------------------
Robert Raketty steps down from GLSEN
------------------------------
Lifelong AIDS Alliance holds 23rd annual Seattle AIDS walk
------------------------------
Navy reviewing 2007 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' abuse case
------------------------------
Marriage equality proposed for District of Columbia
------------------------------
2009 Jaguar XF Supercharged
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------
BREAKING NEWS
------------------------------
National Equality March
------------------------------
It isn't marriage, but partners now have rights they've long sought
------------------------------
Obama to Speak at HRC Dinner on Eve of National Equality March
------------------------------
D.C. to Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill
------------------------------
HARRY REID SUPPORTS 'DON'T ASK, DON'T TELL' REPEAL
------------------------------
Approve Ref. 71: Party with a Purpose at The BottleNeck Lounge!
------------------------------
Coming Out in Middle School
------------------------------
ACLU case: Montana High Court Affirms Rights Of Lesbian Parent And Her Children
------------------------------
'Why I Support the National Equality March': NFL's Scott Fujita Speaks Out for Gay Rights
------------------------------
Congress acts to extend hate crimes to cover gays
------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

------------------------------

click to visit advertiser's website

click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
click to visit advertiser's website
Seattle Gay Blog post your own information on
the Seattle Gay Blog
 

 

http://sgn.org/rss.xml | what is RSS? | Add to Google use Google to set up your RSS feed
SGN Calendar For Mobile Phones http://sgn.org/rssCalendarMobile.xml
SGN Calendar http://sgn.org/rssCalendar.xml
copyright Seattle Gay News - DigitalTeamWorks 2009

USA Gay News American News American Gay News USA American Gay News United States American Lesbian News USA American Lesbian News United States USA News