All that is needed for same-sex marriage to be legalized in D.C. is a final signature by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty after the D.C. council passed the legislation allowing gay couples to marry 11-2 on Tuesday.

According to an ABC article, "the legislation passed [Tuesday] would allow same-sex couples to be married in D.C., along with five other states, but not require clergy or religious organizations to provide services, accommodations, or facilities for the services."

This is a fundamental step to ensure all Americans receive equal civil rights in our country, but the work is far from over. We have 45 more states to go! Keep contacting your legislators and push for equality of marriage in Illinois. Send a free fax to your state legislators in support of the Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act.

Update:D.C.'s Mayor signs the bill