District of Columbia

Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, “the District”, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States. As permitted by the U.S. Constitution, the District is under the exclusive jurisdiction of the U.S. Congress and is therefore not a part of any U.S. state.

LGBT Rights in the District of Columbia: Same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia was legalized on December 18, 2009, when mayor Adrian Fenty signed a bill passed by the Council of the District of Columbia on December 15, 2009. The law took effect on March 9, 2010. The District of Columbia prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The District's hate crime law covers hate crimes based on both sexual orientation and gender identity.

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Gay catholic group urges DC to reject church’s demands

Saturday, November 14, 2009
The gay Catholic group Dignity USA is urging the D.C. City Council to reject a demand by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington that it amend a pending same-sex marriage bill to allow its charitable arm to discriminate against gay employees, the Washington Blade reports. Dignity... [ Read more → ]

Catholic church threatens social service cuts if DC passes gay marriage

Thursday, November 12, 2009
The fight over proposed same-sex marriage in the District of Columbia heated up Wednesday as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said that if the law passed, the church will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District, a threat... [ Read more → ]

DC lawmakers move gay marriage bill another step forward

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
D.C. lawmakers have moved forward with a proposed same-sex marriage bill. On Tuesday, city council members from the Committee on Public Safety and the Judiciary approved the bill 4-1, and it now goes to the full council. The committee held two public hearings on the... [ Read more → ]

DC council revises bill, expects to approve gay marriage this year

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
D.C. Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) released Monday a revised draft of the bill to legalize same-sex marriage in the nation's capital, removing language that would have phased out city registration of new domestic partnerships, the Washington Blade reports. Mendelson, who chairs the Council... [ Read more → ]

2nd Georgetown student assulted in anti-gay attack

Monday, November 2, 2009
Georgetown University is reeling after the second alleged attack on a student in less than a week. A man assaulted a young man early Sunday morning after repeatedly using gay slurs. About 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a male student was walking about a block from campus... [ Read more → ]

DC Council takes up gay marriage in 2nd public hearing Monday

Monday, November 2, 2009
The debate over same-sex marriage continues as lawmakers in the nation's capital are set to continue hearing public testimony today. More than 150 people are expected to testify before the council on Monday. It will be the second of two public hearings on the legislation.... [ Read more → ]

Georgetown student attacked over gay rights shirt

Saturday, October 31, 2009
WASHINGTON DC - Two men allegedly attacked a Georgetown student because they thought she was a lesbian, according to the university's Department of Public Safety. The student was perceived to be gay because of the gay rights shirt she was wearing when she was verbally... [ Read more → ]

Gay marriage on the agenda in DC Council hearings this week

Sunday, October 25, 2009
Same-sex marriage will be the subject of two separate public hearings Monday in the District of Columbia, with hundreds of witnesses expected to testify. The D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics is scheduled to hold a hearing Monday morning on a voter initiative aimed at... [ Read more → ]

D.C. to Introduce Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
From the Washington Post: Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill said it appears unlikely that Congress will block a bill to be introduced Tuesday that would allow same-sex marriages in the District. D.C. Council leaders have vowed to expedite the bill and said they hope... [ Read more → ]

DC Council moves closer to legalizing gay marriage

Friday, September 11, 2009
Washington D.C. is poised to become the next battleground for gay marriage as the D.C. Council moves a step closer to legalizing same-sex unions. D.C. City Council member David Catania (I-At Large) is expected to introduce a bill to allow same-sex marriages to be performed... [ Read more → ]
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