Monday, November 9, 2009

Same-Sex Marriage Already Basically Legal in D.C.?


Martin Austermuhle of the has read a draft report on the District's marriage-equality legislation (Bill 18-482). The D.C. Council's Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary has circulated the report to the rest of the Council. Austermuhle shares an excerpt from the report, but does not link to the document:
"In recognizing same-sex marriage in the District, Bill 18-482 does not redefine any concept in the law (indeed, the Committee maintains same-sex marriage is already permitted under District law), as nowhere in our Code is the institution of marriage reserved to opposite-sex couples," reads the report. "Rather, Bill 18-482 removes the custom, or practice, that marriage is only between a man and a woman. This simple legislative act puts in the law what is already in the law: that the right of marriage applies fully to all in the District."

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