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Gay rights advocates took the first step to legalizing marriage in the District. But the decision may need to go through Congress.

D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes-Norton says opponents will have to overcome many legislative hurdles to stop the bill including passing a joint resolution disapproving of the measure. With Democrats controlling both Houses, and with the health care debate taking up everyone's time, the measure may not even come up.

Still, expect to hear familiar arguments from some conservatives. South Carolina Republican Senator Jim DeMint says Congress deserves a say in the matter. "The Constitution has D.C. under federal control. That's not a states? right issue. It's under federal control, so it's an issue we need to deal with."

Utah freshman Jason Chaffetz, the top republican on the subcommittee overseeing the District, indicated conservatives like himself don't have the votes to block the legislation.

Peter Granitz reports...

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