December 18, 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 Washington, D.C. mayor, Adrian M. Fenty for signing legislation that extends marriage equality to same-sex couples in the District. The bill will now be sent to the U.S. Congress. By law, Congress has 30 days to review and overturn laws created by the District's city council.
“Today Mayor Adrian M. Fenty brings gay and lesbian people in our nation’s capitol one step closer to the vital legal protections that marriage affords and which all loving and committed couples deserve,” said Jarrett Barrios, President of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. “This historic bill signing affirms the love and commitment of gay and lesbian couples in the District and reflects the growing support for protecting people equally under the law.
"GLAAD sends our heartfelt appreciation to DC For Marriage, Campaign for All DC Families, and the organizations and couples whose personal stories moved this legislation forward," Barrios said. “We urge media reporting on this issue to focus on the many faith communities who support marriage equality and the couples whose love and commitment is at the heart of this milestone bill.”
GLAAD has been working with local advocates and representatives from other national LGBT advocacy organizations to assist in raising the visibility of community allies in D.C. and amplifying the stories of gay and lesbian couples.