D.C. Gay Marriage Victory
April 7, 2009 will be viewed as a historical day for gay civil rights. The Vermont legislature made gay marriage legal. In Washington, the D.C. Council took it's own step forward in recognizing gay marriage.
The D.C. Council voted today to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states, on the same day that Vermont became the fourth state to legalize same-sex unions.
Domestic partnerships are already legal in the nation's capital. But yesterday's vote, billed as an important milestone in gay rights, explicitly recognizes relocated gay married couples as married.
Iowa, Vermont and D.C. in the span of days. Things are moving very quickly. Republicans will make gay marriage an issue in 2010. Gay marriage will be less of an effected wedge for the GOP. Republicans couldn't get a constutional amendment banning gay marriage passed. There is little reason to think the GOP would succeed if they were again the majority party in Congress.
On the Democratic side: Obama is going to drag his feet on gay marriage. Unless Obama feels the political tide is turning.
There is little reason to believe Obama is a friend of the LGBT community. Obama has repeatly said he is against gay marriage. The President promised to allow gays and lesbians to serve in the military. Obama has done nothing to reverse "don't ask, don't tell." Until gay marriage advocates can get politicians thrown out of office, Obama will do nothing to make gay marriage legal. It is sad that a man whom has face prejudice personally will practice it politically.