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Vincent C. Gray
Councilmember David A. Catania
Councilmember Phil Mendelson
Councilmember Kwame R. Brown
Councilmember Michael A. Brown
Councilmember Jim Graham
Councilmember Jack Evans
Councilmember Mary M. Cheh
Councilmember Muriel Bowser
Councilmember Tommy Wells
A BILL IN THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Councilmembers Catania, Mendelson, Kwame Brown, Michael Brown, Graham, Evans, Cheh, Bowser, Wells and Chairman Gray introduced the following bill, which was referred to the Committee on .
To amend An Act To establish a code of law for the District of Columbia to permit same-sex couples to marry in the District of Columbia; to ensure that no priest, minister, imam, or rabbi of any religious denomination and no official of any non-profit religious organization authorized to solemnize marriages shall be required to celebrate any marriage if doing so violates his or her right to the free exercise of religion; to protect religious freedom with respect to doctrine and public accommodations; and to amend the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992 to discontinue the registration of new domestic partnerships after January 1, 2011 and to allow any existing domestic partners to either continue their domestic partnership or convert their domestic partnership into a marriage without paying an additional fee.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, That this act may be cited as the “Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009”.
Sec. 2. Chapter Forty-Three of An Act To establish a code of law for the District of Columbia, approved March 3, 1901 (31 Stat. 1391; D.C. Official Code ' 46-401 passim), is amended as follows:
(a) A new section 1283a is added to read as follows:
(b) Section 1288 (31 Stat. 1392; D.C. Official Code ' 46-406), is amended by adding new subsections (c), (d) and (e) to read as follows:
Sec. 3. Section 3 of the Health Care Benefits Expansion Act of 1992, approved June 11, 1992 (D.C. Law 9-114, D.C. Official Code § 32-702), is amended as follows:
(a) The ability to register a new domestic partnership in subsection (a) shall sunset as of January 1, 2011.
(b) A new subsection (j) is added to read as follows:
Sec. 4. Fiscal impact statement.
The Council adopts the fiscal impact statement in the committee report as the fiscal impact statement required by section 602(c)(3) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code ' 1-206.02(c)(3)).
Sec. 5. Effective date.
This act shall take effect following approval by the Mayor (or in the event of veto by the Mayor, action by the Council to override the veto), a 30-day period of Congressional review as provided in section 602(c)(1) of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, approved December 24, 1973 (87 Stat. 813; D.C. Official Code ' 1-206.02(c)(1)), and publication in the District of Columbia Register.
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