- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 1, 2009

(AP) — District of Columbia lawmakers voted Tuesday in favor of allowing same-sex marriages.

The City Council’s preliminary vote passed 11 to 2, and the final vote could take place later this month.

The bill was expected to pass, in part because 10 of the 13 council members are cosponsors.

Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, a Democrat, has promised to sign the bill.

Council member Marion Barry, a Democrat, voted against the bill.

Marriages would begin in the city as soon as the bill passes a period of Congressional review. Congress will likely not alter the law.

Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont and Connecticut already allow same-sex marriage. New Hampshire will join them Jan. 1.

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