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Festive Mood At Same-Sex Marriage Rally On Eve of Vote

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A performance by the Unity Fellowship Choir of D.C. added to the festive atmosphere at the rally.
Jonathan Wilson
A performance by the Unity Fellowship Choir of D.C. added to the festive atmosphere at the rally.

By Jonathan Wilson

Supporters of same-sex marriage in D.C. gathered at a rally last night, and with the council expected to pass the bill today, the mood was mostly festive.

More than 400 people showed up at the Kennedy Recreation Center Monday night.

As music blared from the sound system before the night's speakers stepped to the podium, Malachy Kilbride said this day came a lot sooner than he was expecting.

"Two years ago I wouldn't have thought this would be happening," Kilbride said. "I'm really surprised actually."

Many D.C. Council members were in attendance. Getting the loudest applause by far was the author of the bill, at-Large Councilman David Catania.

Despite the excitement, Catania adopted a subdued tone, and saved some of his thanks for the two council members who haven't supported same-sex marriage in D.C., Marion Barry and Yvette Alexander.

"Not because they're not with us now but because they've been with us on so many other issues, so often," Catania said.

Catania said though he may not agree with his two colleagues now, both have been instrumental in expanding rights for the gay community in the past.

Mayor Fenty has promised to sign the same-sex marriage bill. Same-sex marriages could begin after a 30 period of Congressional review.

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