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WASHINGTON - The City Council voted Tuesday to legalize gay marriage, giving supporters a victory after a string of recent defeats elsewhere and sending the issue to Congress, which has final say over laws in the nation's capital.
Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign the bill, which passed 11-2, and gay couples could begin marrying as early as March if Congress allows it to become law. Democratic congressional leaders have suggested they are reluctant to get involved, though gay marriage opponents say they will try to get it overturned either in Congress or at the polls.
Two members voted "I do" when their names came up, and when the vote finished a packed chamber erupted into cheers and clapping.
The "no" votes included former mayor Marion Barry, now a council member, who voted, "I don't."