Ward 5 Democrats Reject Same-Sex Marriage
The Ward 5 Democratic Committee voted overwhelmingly last night to oppose a resolution supporting same-sex marriage in the District, becoming the first local committee to reject efforts to legalize such marriages, according to people who attended.
The vote occurred after a group of ministers and same-sex marriage opponents decided that they would use Ward 5 to prove they can still pull off the organizing skills needed to influence a committee vote. The vote in Ward 5, which includes much of Northeast Washington, could complicate Council member Harry Thomas Jr. 's deliberations on the same-sex marriage issue.
Thomas (D), who represents Ward 5, is undecided on whether he will support a bill to legalize gay marriage but has said he plans to get significant input from his constituents.
The Ward 2, 4, and 8 Democratic committees have all approved resolutions in support of same-sex marriage.
May 19, 2009; 11:28 AM ET
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