Would it not be great if the people in DC got a chance to vote?
D.C. Mayor Fenty and Councilmember Vincent Grey voted for gay marriage in DC on the grounds of equality and fairness, but now they can’t show it to ex-gays.
D.C. Same-Sex Marriage Recognition in Court
Family groups argue people in the District should have the right to vote on the definition of marriage.
A federal appeals court heard arguments today in a case that would stop the recognition of same-sex unions in the
The Court of Appeals is under no time limit, but a decision is expected sometime this year.
The D.C. City Council voted to legalize same-sex marriage in December, and pro-family groups have been turned down by the Board of Elections several times as they tried to put together a ballot initiative.
A recent Washington Post poll showed 59 percent of adult D.C. residents believe voters should be allowed to vote "Yes" or "No" on the definition of marriage in the District.
Bishop Harry Jackson, founder of the High Impact Leadership Coalition, said he wants the people to decide.
"We've been dealing with legislation from the bench," he said. "The lower courts and the Court of Elections all felt that certain things were popular and they wanted to go with the mood of the area as opposed to just giving the voters their constitutional right to have a vote."
"You redefine marriage, you redefine family," he said. "You redefine family, you redefine parenting. Redefining parenting changes what we're taught in schools."
Austin Nimocks, senior legal counsel with the Alliance Defense Fund, said the case has implications far beyond the Beltway.