Gay marriage could become legal in the nation's capital before the end of the year.
D.C. Councilman David Catania introduced the new bill in a council meeting Tuesday. The bill would allow "any person" to "marry any other eligible person regardless of gender."
A hearing will be held soon to review the bill, and gay marriage opponents on the city council are outnumbered.
Peter Sprigg from the Family Research Council explained why this is an important bill for people on both sides of the gay marriage debate. Click play for his comments.
Also, click here for more on the impact D.C.'s gay marriage bill could have with Utah congressman Jason Chaffetz.
One Republican congressman has said he will work to have the bill defeated if it passes the D.C. Council.
"Some fights are worth fighting for," said U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah. "This is one of them."
Of the 13 elected officials, 10 support the bill. D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has also pledged to sign it.