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D.C. Marriage Law Survives Congress

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D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton is celebrating, because so far, the District’s gay marriage law has survived Congressional attempts to block it.

Norton has a new twist on a familiar motto: "What happens in the District should stay in the District," she says.

Last night she hosted a party in a House hearing room.

"This is a day of full of joy and we wanted to celebrate in the belly of the beast: the Congress," she says. "Celebrate a bill that had no business being here in the first place."

Hundreds of gay marriage supporters packed the room. Carol Benevy and her partner moved to Washington in December from New Jersey, where they had a civil union.

"Marriage was so important that we gave up our Congressional representation to move to DC," she says.

The Benevys say they’d like to get married today, but they add that couples who’ve waited for decades deserve to go first.

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