Post by EQCA Marriage Director Marc SolomonThis morning, same-sex couples in Washington, DC began applying for marriage licenses. Three days from now, they will be able to take their vows under the new law approved by the District of Columbia.This is historic in many ways. But what rises to the top is the fact that DC’s population is majority African-American (56 percent), and so is a majority of its elected city council. African-American leaders in the District have shown that they are willing to take a stand for the freedom to marry. By an overwhelming vote of 11 to 2, the city council voted in favor of allowing same-sex couples to marry. African-American Council Chair Vincent Gray was a stalwart supporter, and DC’s biracial mayor, Adrian Fenty, signed the marriage bill at a church with his parents in attendance, stating:Today, an era of struggle ends for thousands of District residents who have been denied the fundamental to right to marry the person of their choosing. Today, the city is taking a leap forward in ensuring freedom and equality for all residents.So today, let’s offer thanks and appreciation to the African-American elected leadership in DC that stood up for equal rights and approved a marriage bill for same-sex couples. Let’s give thanks to Christine and Dennis Wiley, African-American pastors of Covenant Baptist Church in Washington, who, in the face of opposition from some of their clergy brethren, organized DC Clergy United for Marriage Equality (check out their op-ed that appeared in the Washington Post).We have some lessons in California to learn from our friends in the District of Columbia. And learn them we will.Onward!
congrats to everyone planning to take their vows this weekend. I trust the parties will be awesome.