Later this morning, openly gay D.C. Council Member David Catania will introduce a bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia. The bill will not be blocked in Congress, according to a report in the Washington Post:
In an interview, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said she had received assurances from House Democratic leaders that she doesn’t need to worry about congressional intervention. "The House and Senate have their plates really full," Norton said. "I don’t think this is anything that is going to somehow scramble over into that."
Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), who tried to derail a bill passed by the council this year recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, also expressed doubts that he or other Republicans could be major obstacles. "Given the gravity of health care and other tumultuous debate, it hasn’t got much attention," said Chaffetz, the ranking member of the House subcommittee that oversees the District. "You couple that with the Democrats’ stranglehold on the rules, and the minority is left somewhat impotent."
Last week, Holmes Norton came out strongly for the D.C. marriage bill. Speaker Nancy Pelosi has previously said the House will not interfere in the DC Council's marriage decisions.
The District has recognized valid same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions since July. It will become the only jurisdiction south of the Mason-Dixon line where same-sex marriage is legal.