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Marriage in D.C. and California


A good article over at The Weekly Standard today talks about the D.C. Board of Elections’s decision not to allow a referendum that would have provided a public vote on the D.C. Council’s decision to recognize out-of-District same-sex marriages. The Alliance Defense Fund is representing D.C. residents in challenging that decision.

Given its oversight of the District, Congress too could act. An act to overturn the D.C. law has already been introduced and there is precedent for Congress to give the people of the District a voice. In 1992, Congress provided for a referendum on the death penalty in the District.

In other marriage news, Governor Schwarzenegger’s attorneys say he will remain “neutral” in the federal lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, thus ensuring that no California government official will defend the marriage amendment in court.


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