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Despite Opposition, Same-Sex Marriage Gains Momentum In D.C.

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At a rally against same-sex marriage in front of the Wilson Building, a minister dressed in black and white spats underneath his clerical outfit pumps up the crowd. "The devil is a liar!" he shouts, to exuberant cheers.

Yesterday's rally drew several hundred people, including City Council member Yvette Alexander. But her colleague, Councilman Phil Mendelson says opponents of same-sex marraige represent a small, vocal minority.

"We would hear a very different response if there was much more opposition," he says. "We're not."

Mendelson is chairing a public hearing this afternoon on a bill that would allow same-sex couples in D.C. to marry. Ten of the 13 Council members have signed on to it, and Mayor Adrian Fenty has signaled his support.

Mendelson says the Council could pass the bill as early as mid-December, which would make D.C. the sixth jurisdiction in the country to legalize same-sex marriage.

David Schultz reports...


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