Phil Reese on Politics and News for November 10, 2009.
My name is Phil Reese, a former teacher, a current blogger and graduate student, and news junkie. I will be keeping you up to speed with the most current LGBT news right here on the Out & About Illinois blog. I would love to hear more about what you are looking for from me as well in the comments. Let me know what sort of stories you'd like me to go after as I get the news you want.
I mine as well jump right into the news, since there is big buzz coming out of Washington DC today.
The Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary passed a marriage equality bill in the District of Columbia today that now goes on to the entire District City Council. Monday, Committee Chair Phil Mendelson released a revised draft of Councilor David Cantania's bill; expanding the religious protections in the bill, ensuring that no Religious leader with moral objection would be forced to perform a same-sex marriage. The revisions also includes language that protects the existing Domestic Partnerships in the District--rather than phases them out--to offer Washington residents and visitors wider choice.
The bill is cosponsored by 10 of the 13 Council members, and is expected to pass without problem, making marriage equality legal in our Nation's capitol. The bill should get a final vote by the entire Council before Christmas. Check out the Washington Post piece for in-depth coverage of the bill...
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