DC Mayor and LGBT ally Adrian Fenty signed legislation earlier today at The All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church legalizing marriage equality for gay and lesbian couples in the District.
In his opening remarks, Fenty recalled that when his own parents were married, many states would have refused to recognize their bonds. Fenty's father is black, while his mother is white.
"Today an era of struggle ends for thousands of D.C. residents," he said. "Our city is taking a leap forward."
The law now will go through a period of review consisting of 30 days in which Congress is in session. If the law passes that hurdle -- as is widely expected -- the first gay marriages in the District could take in late winter or early spring of 2010.
Watch video of the signing below via myfoxdc.com: