Once again, gays win some and they lose some in the battle for marriage equality. In New York, the state senate said "no" with a fairly wide margin, which kind of surprised me. And in Washington D.C., the first of two votes was a win, with a wider margin. Of course, it has to go for a second vote in a couple of weeks, and Congress has to go 30 days without voting against it. Hoo-boy. It looks like a shoo-in, but I'm not going to get my hopes up. I'll just wait and see.
Marriage-Equality Bill Fails in State Senate 24–38
After moving speeches from many supporters on the floor of the New York State Senate, the body voted 24–38 to defeat the marriage-equality bill passed three times by the State Assembly. Notable "No" votes included occasional turncoat Democrats Hiram Monserrate and Carl Kruger. Senator Ruth Hassell-Thompson, once counted among those who would vote against the bill, gave one of the most compelling orations — speaking about the conflicting influences of her elder brother who was gay and fled the country to Europe, and her sister, who is a prominent minister here in America. Her constituents, she said, did not elect her "to be the moral arbiter of their decisions. . ."
Read more: NYMag
D.C. approves same-sex marriage
The D.C. Council voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, a key step in a process that could enable gay couples to marry in the nation's capital by the spring. . .
Read more at: Washington Post