Thursday, December 17, 2009

How Marriage Happened: In the District, a time to celebrate and defend equality

How Marriage Happened: In the District, a time to celebrate and defend equality:
"This week, the D.C. City Council voted 11-2 to legalize marriages between same-sex couples. This is a milestone for the LGBT movement for a number of important reasons. First, the overwhelming vote proves we can win legislatively. Second, D.C. will be the first majority-minority jurisdiction to legalize marriage. And, third, D.C. will be the first place below the Mason-Dixon Line to end discrimination against same-sex couples and their families.

This achievement is the result of years of work by a range of committed organizations and individual activists who in a careful and methodical fashion created and implemented a comprehensive strategy that has us at the brink of marriage equality.

Groups like the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club, which helped to elect supportive candidates to the Council; Gay and Lesbian Activists Alliance, which worked with members of the Council on policy; and DC for Marriage, which engaged thousands of D.C. residents in conversations about why marriage matters in all parts of the city, have played a crucial role in getting us to this moment."

My friend Michael Crawford's MetroWeekly piece on his hard fought/hard WON victory in Washington DC (Crawford--a Bilerico editor--is the co-chair of DC For Marriage, the board behind the win).

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