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D.C. Court of Appeals hears arguments for and against same-sex marriage

Washington Post Editors

Lawyers for and against same-sex marriage in the District outlined their arguments Tuesday before the nine D.C. Court of Appeals judges in one of the latest efforts surrounding same-sex marriages being performed in the District. It was one of the first times all nine judges sat for an initial argument.

Lawyers arguing against allowing the marriages argued that D.C. voters should have been allowed to vote on the issue. Attorneys for the District, however, argued that D.C. Council acted within District laws in voting on and eventually passing the legislation.

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The appeal was filed by Bishop Harry Jackson, the pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, who sued after the Board of Elections and Ethics refused to approve a ballot initiative. The board argued that an initiative would violate the city’s Human Rights Act. In January, a D.C. Superior Court judge upheld the board’s decision.

Several dozen supporters of Jackson’s bid dressed in white and held a rally after the hearing in support of marriages between a man and a woman. Several supporters of same-sex marriage also attended the hearing wearing T-shirts reading “I Do.”

About 1,400 same-sex couples have applied for marriages since the ceremonies were legalized March 3, according to a court official.

The judges could file their decision as early as mid-summer, officials estimate.

— Keith L. Alexander

By Washington Post Editors  |  May 4, 2010; 5:43 PM ET
Categories:  Keith L. Alexander , The District  | Tags: Bishop Harry Jackson, District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Same-sex marriage, d.c. same sex marriage  
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Just why is something about same-sex marriage in "crime scene?" Shouldn't this be in DC Wire? And did the reporter actually attend the argument? It's hardly evident from the blog post.

Posted by: OTBerbur | May 4, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

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