Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL)
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Washington, DC — The District of Columbia's city council today approved a marriage equality bill by a vote of 11-2. This is a preliminary vote, the final tally to take place in mid-December.
Following an expected signature from Washington DC's mayor, Adrian M. Fenty (D), the bill must be approved by Congress before taking effect.
Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) issued this comment:
"The struggle for equality has won a great victory in the shadow of our Capitol today. After a setback in Maine last month, the D.C. City Council has renewed this nation's commitment to civil rights for every American—no matter who they love. The significance of this vote carries historical implications."
The District will join Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont in legalizing gay marriage when the resolution becomes law.