Pro-Gay DC Mayor Adrian Fenty Loses

Washington DC Mayor Adrian Fenty, who enthusiastically signed the city’s marriage equality bill into law, has lost his reelection primary bid against City Council Chairman Vince Gray.

Gray’s victory is tantamount to election: Democrats hold a 10-1 registration edge in the capital city, and Republicans aren’t even fielding a mayoral candidate. Fenty already has ruled out taking the GOP line on the ballot. The mayor’s defeat comes despite the fact that a recent Washington Post poll showed 56% of Washingtonians happy about the direction of the city. But other community leaders, including Gray and his city council colleagues, complained that the mayor didn’t include them in decision-making. Fenty blamed his image problems on unpopular decisions he had to make to improve the city.

Gray was endorsed by the (gay) Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and a number of labor unions, including the police and fire departments.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

D.C. marriage vote today

The Washington, D.C. Council will vote today for the second time on a measure to legally recognize same-sex marriage there. The bill, introduced by openly gay Councilman David Catania,  passed easily on the first vote earlier this month, and is expected to pass easily again today.

Mayor Adrian Fenty is expected to sign the bill quickly, and it then goes to Congress for a 30-day review period.And then, unless someone in Congress manages to derail it, it becomes law.

The vote is expected to happen between 11 a.m. and noon, EST, which means it could happen any minute now.

Watch Instant Tea for updates.

—  admin