marriageSame-sex couples won the right to marry in the nation’s capital Tuesday when the District of Columbia City Council voted 11-2 to pass a measure sponsored by openly gay council member David Catania.  Congress has 30 days to review the law before it takes effect, but Congressional leaders have already agreed not to block the law’s adoption.

Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund, congratulated Catania on the victory:  ”There are many people to thank today, but this community owes a special debt of gratitude to Councilman  Catania.  He has served the city with distinction for years, and he has never hidden who he is.  Openly LGBT elected officials are doing tremendous things all across America, and today’s vote in D.C. is another testament to their effectiveness as leaders in the fight for true equality.”

NBC Washington reports on the results of the vote:

As expected, the D.C. Council voted 11-2 in favor of same-sex marriage in the District Tuesday afternoon. It was the second of two required votes on the bill.

Mayor Adrian Fenty has said he will sign the bill.

The historic vote is of particular importance because it puts the same-sex marriage issue in front of Congress. Same-sex marriages would begin in the city as soon as the bill passes a period of Congressional review. Congress is not expected to alter the law.