WASHINGTON -- The D.C. Council has voted to recognize gay marriages performed in other states.
Lawmakers say Tuesday's unanimous vote moves the city a step closer to eventually allowing same-sex marriages to be performed in the nation's capital.
Gay couples married in other states are currently recognized as domestic partners when they move to Washington.
The council will hold a final vote on the measure next month.
The D.C. Council's action comes the same day that Vermont became the fourth state to legalize gay marriage, joining Connecticut, Massachusetts and Iowa.
Council member David Catania, who is gay, lauded the D.C. vote as "the march toward human rights and equality."