On Tuesday, the Washington D.C. City Council voted unanimously to recognize legal same-sex marriages performed in other states. The big question, of course, is what will be the reaction from Congress, who has veto power over District legislation.
Adrian Fenty, the hottie and gay friendly mayor of our nation's capitol, appeared on WJLA-TV to discuss the Council's decision and how he thinks Congress will react. Rough transcript as follows:
FENTY: Well, everyone is entitled to the same rights.
Q: Do you think Congress will, using their 30 day review period, that they have on all legislation coming out of the District...the Wilson Building. To what extent are you are you worried they will move on this?
FENTY: I can never say for sure what Congress will do. I hope they will respect the will of the Council of the District of Columbia.
Q: Would you be involved in any effort that might be needed to beat back any eruption of this issue on the Hill?
FENTY: It really just depends how it erupts. It's like gun rights. People have strong views on this matter ... but I think some are uing it in some ways as a soapbox. Some congressmen are using that to reinforce to constituents back home where they are on gun rights. I don't think they really care one way or another ... if some Congressman is trying to score chips to win back home, there is nothing you can do.
Q: Should gay marriages be performed in the District? Should your citizens who don't want to go somewhere else... be able to get married?
FENTY: That will eventually happen. That was discussed a lot in the mayoral campaign. There are GLBT organizations that differ. Not because they don't support marriage, but they differ on when it should go forward.. I have always said I will sign the bill, whether I was on the council or mayor, I would either vote for legislation or sign legislation... Again there is no question where the City Council stands. We have a unanimous vote. We have a great City Council. It is probably the same with voters. The question is when is the right time when we will get the least congressional push back. But we have LGBT organizations that debated this issue at least 2 years ago.
Watch the video AFTER THE JUMP.
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