Same-sex marriage bill in DC appears unstoppable By JESSICA GRESKO Associated Press Writer The Associated Press Tuesday, October 6, 2009 5:25 PM EDT The bill was nearly certain to pass the D.C. city council, but whether it becomes law is more complicated because Congress gets an opportunity to review D.C. legislation before it takes effect. Still, even challengers in Congress acknowledged the bill was likely to become law. The city began in July recognizing same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. Congress had a chance to act on that legislation but didn't. U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah who said he would work to defeat the new bill, anticipates that will happen again with the proposal. A spokesman for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she believed it was a matter for D.C. to decide. D.C. Councilman David Catania introduced the new measure at a standing-room only council meeting. The independent and one of two openly gay council members said he hopes for a vote in December. "There is no question that we are about to embark on an exciting journey here in the district," he said. His bill specifically says religious leaders and institutions are not required to perform the marriages or rent their space for same-sex ceremonies unless they let the public use or rent them. If the bill becomes law, the city will follow Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa and Vermont, which issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. New Hampshire will begin issuing them in January. Edited for copyright violations.