DC council voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere

On April 7, 2009, the Council of the District of Columbia approved a bill to recognize same-sex marriages that had been performed outside of Washington, DC. The bill, which took effect in July 2009, was approved by a 12-0 vote. Subsequently, the Council voted to allow same-sex marriages to be performed within the District of Columbia. Opponents of that bill requested an emergency appeal of the US Supreme Court in order to prevent same-sex marriages from taking place; that appeal was denied.

Read an overview of Same-Sex Marriage in Features.


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