I've lived in Washington, DC for more than half of my life, and as proud as I am to be a resident of Washington, I am more proud today. At-Large Council member David Catania introduced legislation today that will bring civil marriage equality to the city. And, it looks like there will not be a strong effort mounted on the Hill during the 30 day review period to stop the legislation.
Here is the video of Catania introducing the legislation:
The only complaint I have is that none of the black Council members, unless I am mistaken, offered to say anything regarding the legislation's introduction. Obviously, Council members Jim Graham and Jack Evans would have something to say, considering the fact that their wards have large and visible GLBT constituencies. But, there are large swaths of black GLBT residents in Washington throughout all of the wards of the city. Would it have hurt any of them politically to say something publicly in favor of Catania's bill?
Yet, I recognize that the more important matter is that the majority of the City Council is poised to pass Catania's bill, and Mayor Fenty is prepared to sign it as soon as it hits his desk.
Ultimately, it will be nice to know that if I am lucky enough to find a man I would want to spend the rest of my life with (and he with me), I will be able to get married in the city I call home. Incredible.