Dec. 18, 2009,
3:30 p.m. -
D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, joined by members of the District of
Columbia City Council and residents, signed into law historic
legislation granting all residents the legal rights and privileges
inequality is a civil rights, political, social, moral, and
religious issue in this country and many nations, said Fenty.
And as I sign this act into law,
the District from this day forward will set the
tone for other jurisdictions to follow in creating an open and
The measure now goes to Congress for a 30-day
review period. Congress is not expected to interfere with the
The Religious Freedom and
Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, introduced last
month, confirms that marriage between two people in the District
will not be denied on the basis of gender.
The signing ceremony took
place at All Souls Church in Northwest Washington.