DC Community Prepares for Marriage Fight

January 9, 2009 at 9:43 am 1 comment

Here’s a quick update on efforts to win marriage equality in Washington, DC and info on an upcoming event for folks wanting know more about getting involved.

In this excerpt from a DC community forum on marriage organized by DC for Marriage last month, I outline the challenges and opportunities we face in winning marriage in the District.

Members of the DC City Council including openly gay members David Catania and Jim Graham are working on strategy for a marriage bill’s introduction. In DC we are in the enviable position of having the overwhelmingly majority of our elected officials on record as supporting a bill to end marriage discrimination against same-sex couples.

We are also unique in that Congress has oversight over laws passed in the District. That means that Congress can prevent or delay a marriage law from going into effect.

There is also the possibility that we would face an initiative or referendum to block marriage for same-sex couples similar to anti-gay campaigns that stripped marriage from same-sex couples in California and that prohibit marriages in Arizona, Florida and numerous other states.

In preparation for a marriage fight, DC for Marriage, a project of the DC LGBT Community Center, is working with local and national organizations to create a campaign to win and retain marriage equality. As we move forward, we are going to need the help of everyone LGBT and allied who believes in equal marriage rights.

A fundraiser for DC for Marriage will be held on Sunday, January 11 at Be Bar located at 1318 9th Street NW. The event will be be from 5-8pm with the $5 admission and 10% of the proceeds going to DC for Marriage.

Disclosure: I am chair of DC for Marriage and member of the board of directors of the DC Center.

To get involved, email me at michael@dcformarriage.org.

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