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DC council approves same-sex marriage legislation

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- After an emotional debate, the Washington, D.C., Council has given final approval to legislation that recognizes same-sex marriages performed in other states.

Tuesday's vote is considered the first step toward eventually allowing gay marriages to be performed in Washington.

The issue now goes before Congress, which has final say over the city's laws.

The vote was 12-to-1, with former Mayor Marion Barry casting the lone opposing vote. He called it an "agonizing and difficult decision" made after prayer and consulting with the religious community.

David Catania, one of two openly gay council members, calls the issue one of fundamental fairness.

Four states -- Vermont, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa -- allow same-sex marriage and Maine legislators are debating it.

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