D.C. Council OKs same-sex marriage

The Washington, D.C., council has approved, by a vote of 11-2, a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in the district, D.C. Agenda reports here. The bill still requires a second vote by the council later this year, and Mayor Adrian Fenty has pledged to sign it. The bill also faces a required review by Congress, where its fate is somewhat unclear. In any case, today’s vote is an important and much-needed victory for marriage equality in the wake of a devastating defeat in Maine a month ago.

—  John Wright