By a vote of 11-2 (with former Mayor Marion Barry among the minority), the Washington, D.C. city council has agreed to recognize gay marriages in the District. This isn’t the end of it: procedure requires a second reading within two weeks, and then the Mayor’s signature, a Congressional resolution, and the signature of the President. So enactment is months away, at best.
Meanwhile a vote on the New York gay marriage bill is still stuck behind the budget deficit debate in the Albany queue. And in New Jersey, Democrats are pushing hard to get a gay marriage vote before the installation of Govenor-elect Chris Christie, who has promised to veto it. (Current Governor Jon Corzine says he’d sign it.) The traditional cowardice of state legislators suggests neither measure has much of a chance.