Senate Bill Would Block DC Marriage
DC Agenda reports that nine GOP U.S. Senators (with NOM's backing) have submitted a bill that would block same-sex marriages in Washington DC until a voter referendum has taken place.
The National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage, issued a statement Tuesday announcing the senators’ plans to introduce the legislation in the next few days. The statement says the bill will be similar to the one introduced last month in the House by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah). “An out-of-control city council tried to do an end run around the D.C. Charter, refusing to recognize the rights of D.C. voters to file an initiative petition on marriage,” said NOM Executive Director Brian Brown in the statement, which urges same-sex marriage opponents to call on Congress to pass the bill. “Regardless of where your representatives stand on same-sex marriage, tell them that we ought not to stand for this sort of government abuse against the residents of the nation’s capital,” Brown said in the statement.
The nine sponsoring GOP Senators: Sens. Robert Bennett (R-UT), Jim Bunning (R-KY), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Enzi (R-WY.), James Inhofe (R-OK), Pat Roberts (R-KS), David "Diaper Boy" Vitter (R-LA), and Roger Wicker (R-MS). The bill is expected to die in committee, but these bigots will at least get to burnish their hate cred back home. DC same-sex marriages are slated to begin in early March.
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