(David Duprey/AP)

The bill would help gay and lesbian couples who’ve since moved on to states that don’t recognize the union in the first place. Currently, couples have to complete a mandatory six-month residency requirement.

“It’s sort of natural that it’s not always rosy and things go downhill,” Washington-based family law attorney Sebastian Krop said as the bill was being weighed by the council in December, “so they’re stuck in their marriage.”

The D.C. Council first voted to permit gay marriages in 2009.View a timeline of same-sex marriage in D.C.

The next stop for the bill is Mayor Vincent Gray’s office.