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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.

--Tim Craig

By Tim Craig  |  May 19, 2009; 11:28 AM ET
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Just another reason I'm so happy I moved from the hole that is ward 5 to Montgomery County.

Posted by: scorbett1976@hotmail.com | May 19, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Ward 5 actually isn't a hole at all. It's a fantastic place to live and i love it very much... last night's vote was a sham - the hateful religious leaders flooded the meeting and overwhelmed the poll. They probably are not even *from* ward 5. They were just using it as an opportunity to take a cheap shot. This is not a vote that represents ward 5 democrats. Believe me, I am one.

Posted by: norbert4 | May 19, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Ward 8 vote in favor of gay marriage gets a full feature in the paper; Ward 5 vote against gets three paragraphs in a Post blog.

Keep spinning, WaPo. Keep spinning.

Posted by: RealityCheckerInEffect | May 19, 2009 5:27 PM | Report abuse

These ministers are the same people that come in every Sunday and double park on our streets. They are all from Md. they don't live in the district and they want to influence DC politics. Here is an idea. Learn how to park, THEN you can work up to something more important like trying to influence DC politics.

Posted by: cambel1 | May 19, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Message to sanctimonious ministers and their congregants who are so adamant about "traditional" rules:

So are we. Towing starts this Sunday.

Posted by: Meridian1 | May 19, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

I also attended last night's meeting. It was a farce, completely disorganized, and the committee was overwhelmed by the attendance. These "ministers" hijacked the meeting from the start, and the hootin' 'n hollerin' from their supporters was disruptive and rude.

Tell me, "ministers", how is discrimination in any way Christian? This supposed vote certainly does not represent the Ward 5 that I know. My partner (of 23 years) and I were embraced by our neighbors when we moved from Adams-Morgan to Michigan Park five years ago (which, by the way, is a wonderful neighborhood with beautiful homes that would rival any of those in Upper NW).

Posted by: TominMichiganPark | May 19, 2009 6:56 PM | Report abuse

These people as well as the Clergy, they pick and chose from the Bible, picking and chose their own way of life, How many of these same people that are against same sex marriage, i.e, they have affairs,and out of these affairs come children out of wed lock, the Gay Community does not and cannot, the children are called What?
The Gay's do not bring forth a child out of wed lock, we, the Gay people want to adopt your children and love them, someone eles's child. Gay 's want to marry and adopt children , that staright people don't want, and kill. and the straight people are killing them, not the gay people. Those that are opposing gay Marriage in DC, I will be willing to bet, they don't even live in DC, If they have a Gay family member or friend, they are disresptecing them, Is this Love? What else are they aginst, search the Bible and do you picking, Like you are doing NOW.

Posted by: onesugar1 | May 19, 2009 9:12 PM | Report abuse

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