On Thursday, Washington D.C. Council Member David Catania announced that on Tuesday he would introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District's non-voting congressional delegate, supports the bill.
The statement reads: "Although opposition by some in the House already has been announced, I believe Congress will and should defeat opposition to gay marriage rights in the District of Columbia as enacted by the District's own elected officials. Opposition to civil rights is not new. We should approach the rights of gay couples and families with the same resolution and results as we had for others who have sought their human rights in Congress and in the District."
Speaker Pelosi has previously said the House will not interfere in the DC Council's marriage decisions.
In 1977, Holmes Norton was appointed by Jimmy Carter to become the first female chair of the EEOC and released the first set of regulations outlining what constituted sexual harassment. In an interview with the Washington Post two weeks ago, Holmes Norton said the experiences of "Hispanics and women ... resonates with us [black people]. The very different experience of the gay community resonates with me because I am an advocate and strong supporter of universal human rights."