As I stated on another thread, if this bill passes without the ammendment granting exemptions to individuals, they will be in violation of the law. Iow, if you are a photographer and refuse to photograph a gay wedding in D.C., you will be violating the law. Right now the bill only contains exemptions for churches and church officials regarding performing the ceremony. This does not include Christian charitable organizations, however, which could be charged with violating the law. Source http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/11/11/AR2009111116943.html The vote on this bill is next month, and if it passes, gay couples will be able to marry in the nation's capital probably in the spring.