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D.C. Wire Video: Norton Rallies D.C. Dems

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton rallied local Democrats last night during an event at Bohemian Caverns on U Street NW in preparation for the Democratic National Convention in Denver, where the city will renew its push for congressional voting rights.

By David A Nakamura  |  August 22, 2008; 4:33 PM ET
 
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None of the presidential candidates are going to promote or agree to giving DC a vote than all others before them.

DC needs to hang it up as Congress knows why DC really wants that vote; namely, to make it possible to pass a same sex marriage law but that is not my word for it but that of Mr. Richard Rosendall, VP for Political Affairs for the Gay & Lesbian Activist Alliance of Washington, DC, as he made this fact clear in the local newspaper known as Washington Metro Weekly in the March 15, 2007, edition when Rosendall is quoted as saying:

When will it be time to push a (gay)marriage bill in D.C.? GLAA's legislative maven, Bob Summersgill, suggests prerequisites like these: The Davis-Norton bill granting D.C. a full vote in the House. This will still leave us unrepresented in the Senate, but will give us far more leverage than we have now.

Passage of budget autonomy, so that D.C.'s locally-funded budget is not subject to undemocratic congressional amendments. Passage of legislative autonomy, so that D.C.'s locally-passed laws are not subject to routine congressional review before taking effect. Once several states (say six) have adopted same-sex marriage, Congress's meddling impulse might be tempered if D.C. follows (rather than leads) the trend.

The point is not to wait until there is no risk, but until we have a fighting chance. If you are outraged at the second-class status of gay families, please work with GLAA, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and allies like D.C. Vote to win the next battles. Instead of looking for shortcuts or fighting one another, let's press ahead smartly together. The District of Columbia per the gay publication The Advocate is now the USA’s third largest gay community in the United States per capita and growing as gays see DC as being the best place for achieving the goal of same sex marriage.

It is bad enough that DC is a major embarrassment around the world for the USA but let's not make it worse by granting it a vote in Congress and what will inevitably be the short term outcome; namely, the demoralization of the District at the hands of a DC Velvet Mafia.


Posted by: Jonathan R. Rees, Sr. | August 22, 2008 4:56 PM | Report abuse

I had a great time last night at the DC for Obama and Obama4UnityBeatsMcCain event last night and thought that Norton did a great job with her speech.

Now, I'd rather have Statehood than just plain old voting rights, but that's neither here nor there. What I want most of all is to ensure that we District residents deserve to make our own decisions about our city without interference from Congress. Best way for that to happen is for Statehood to become reality. But I'll take voting rights at this point in time as a step in the right direction.

Posted by: uniongal | August 22, 2008 5:09 PM | Report abuse

1. On 4 Nov 08 - Senator Barack Obama and Senator Joseph Biden Win Presidential Election
2. On 5 Nov 08 - Senator Barack Obama announces he will appoint Mayor Adrian Fenty to a Cabinet post
3. On 6 No 08 - Mayor Adrian Fenty announces he will appoint Mr. David Nakamura to a post in his Department
4. On 7 Nov 08 - DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA TRULY WINS

rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Posted by: Robert Vinson Brannum | August 23, 2008 4:01 PM | Report abuse

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