President George Bush warned Congress he will veto budget appropriations for the District of Columbia unless the funding bars the District from using any of the money for its domestic partner registry. It looks like that might not happen because the earlier tonight, by a vote of 224 - 200, the House adopted an amendment guaranteed to meet the Administration's approval.
The amendment was authored by Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA), last sighted when he questioned Rep. Keith Ellison's patriotism by requesting to use the Koran at his swearing-in. Americablog notes the vote crossed party lines:
40 Democrats voted with the gay-bashing GOP majority. 12 Republicans voted the right way. So while a number of Democrats helped the gay-bashers, it was still the Republicans who promoted this hate and who got it passed. The GOP tried to make this a debate about gay marriage, which it wasn't. It was about more mundane and human things like letting partners make hospital visits when one is having a baby, as the vice president's lesbian daughter Mary Cheney recently did.