WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 (UPI) -- The City Council in Washington voted 11-2 Tuesday to allow gay couples to marry in the District of Columbia.
The measure must pass several hurdles before it becomes law, The Washington Post said. They include a second council vote, approval by Mayor Adrian Fenty, a Democrat who has said he will sign the ordinance, and a congressional review.
David Catania, one of two openly homosexual council members, was the chief sponsor of the bill.
"It really speaks to the long and rich tradition of tolerance and acceptance that does make up the sense of place in the District of Columbia," Catania said.
Gay marriages were legalized by court rulings in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Iowa and by state legislatures in Vermont and New Hampshire, where the law takes effect Jan. 1.
Former Mayor Marion Barry, who cast one of the two negative votes, said he supports gays and lesbians on every other issue. Barry and Yvette Alexander, the other no vote, said black ministers in their districts lobbied them to oppose the bill.