December 15, 2009, New York, NY – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, today applauded the Washington, D.C. city council’s vote to pass legislation that extends marriage equality to same-sex couples in the District. The bill will now be sent to District Mayor Adrian Fenty, followed by the U.S. Congress. By law, Congress has 30 days to review and overturn laws created by the District's city council.
“Gay and lesbian people in our nation’s capitol are today one step closer to the important legal protections that marriage affords and that all loving and committed couples deserve,” said Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “Today’s vote affirms the commitment of so many gay and lesbian couples in the District and reflects the growing support for protecting people equally under the law.”
"GLAAD congratulates and expresses our deepest appreciation to DC For Marriage, Campaign for All DC Families, and the organizations and couples whose personal stories moved the council to today’s historic vote," Barrios said. “We also encourage media reporting on this story to ground their coverage in the stories of our allies in the faith community and the couples whose love and commitment is at the heart of today's decision.”
GLAAD has been working with local advocates and representatives from other national LGBT advocacy organizations to assist in raising the visibility of community allies and amplifying the stories of gay and lesbian couples.