August 9, 2017 at 12:55 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Catania weds in ceremony performed by Council colleague
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Former Council member David Catania was married Aug. 5. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Gay former D.C. Council member David Catania, who was the lead author in 2009 of the city’s marriage equality law, married his partner Bill Enright on Saturday, Aug. 5, in a ceremony performed by his friend and former colleague Council member Mary Cheh.

“I was so honored to do it,” Cheh told the Washington Blade on Tuesday.

The wedding ceremony and a reception took place at the National Museum of Women and the Arts located in downtown Washington.

Enright serves as general manger and lead designer for Edge Floral Event Designers, a Gaithersburg, Md., based event planning firm that, among other things, plans weddings for clients in the D.C. metro area.

Since giving up his Council seat for an unsuccessful run for mayor in 2014, Catania, an attorney, joined the Washington office of the international law firm Greenberg Traurig in 2015 as a shareholder and partner.

Among those attending the couple’s wedding were Council Chair Phil Mendelson, Council member Jack Evans and former Council member Yvette Alexander, with whom Catania served on the Council during his tenure as a Council member from 1997 to 2015. Also attending was Council member Charles Allen.

Catania emerged as one of the Council’s strongest advocates for LGBT rights and is credited with playing the lead role in introducing and pushing for the city’s 2009 law that legalized same-sex marriage.

“It was festive and poignant as I would have anticipated it would be,” Cheh said in describing the wedding and reception. “There were the moving parts of the sharing their vows and exchanging their rings,” she said.

“But there was levity along the way too and cheers and clapping when I said, ‘With the power invested in me I pronounce you married and you may kiss your groom,’” Cheh continued. “And the place was wild cheering. It was great.”

Catania and Enright couldn’t immediately be reached this week. Representatives of their respective offices said the two were out of town following their wedding.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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