Washington DC City Council: Gay Marriage is OK

Washington DC city council today voted 12 to 1 to recognize same sex marriage; Marion "The Bitch Set Me Up" Barry was the sole holdout. At first Barry vote "yea," but apparently did not realize what he was voting on. A few minutes after the initial vote, Barry made a motion to reconsider the vote and voted against it, saying that he was voting the way his constituents would want. Later Barry told reporters:

What you’ve got to understand is 98 percent of my constituents are black and we don’t have but a handful of openly gay residents. Secondly, at least 70 percent of those who express themselves to me about this are opposed to anything dealing with this issue. The ministers think it is a sin, and I have to be sensitive to that.

Now Mayor Adrian Fenty, who supports marriage equality, has to sign the legislation and then the final hurdling block: Congress, which has the power to block the bill. Openly gay councilmember member David Catania says that if the bill passes Congress, then he will introduce legislation to legalize same-sex marriage.

Barry predicted a "civil war" over marriage equality:

All hell is going to break lose. We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this.

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Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.