By Natalie Neumann
The D.C. Council is scheduled to vote today on whether to allow same-sex marriage in the nation's capital.
The first of two votes comes today. The bill has been expected to pass for some time as 10 of the 13 council members supported its introduction.
A second, final vote is expected later this month, and D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill.
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.
Massachusetts, Iowa, Vermont and Connecticut already allow same-sex marriage. New Hampshire will join them January 1.