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Nickles Asks Elections Board to Block Referendum

Attorney General Peter Nickles sent a letter this morning to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics asking members to reject a request to hold a referendum on whether to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.

"The established public policy of the District is to treat individuals as equals, whatever their gender, sexual orientation or maritial status may be, Nickles wrote.

The legislation, set to go into effect in early July, is opposed by a group of African-American ministers and same-sex marriage opponents. Supporters of same-sex marriage argue a referendum would violate elections law, which prohibits ballot initiatives on matters related to the Human Rights Act.

The elections board held a hearing on the issue yesterday, but left the record open for public comment until 5 p.m. today.

A decision is expected tomorrow or early next week. Nickles' contact with the board could strengthen gay rights advocates' arguments against the referendum.

By Tim Craig  |  June 11, 2009; 12:52 PM ET
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Can't believe I'm in agreeement with Nichols. I guess out of 100 decisions he'll do the right thing once. Sorry if your decision is one of the next 99.

Posted by: jcan0284 | June 11, 2009 1:15 PM | Report abuse

agree, Jcan0284 and it makes me sad to see those Black ministers with their stern faces on the front page of today's Post who seem to have forgotten what civil rights are all about.

Posted by: efavorite | June 11, 2009 3:29 PM | Report abuse

I appreciate the Fenty administration weighing in on this important issue.

Posted by: peterdc | June 11, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

How many of those ministers actually live in DC?
They only visit the city to find some cute little boys

Posted by: drwasdrwas | June 11, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Nichols' letter should weigh in heavy. It seems to be a no-brainer, fair treatment is fair treatment.

Sad to put such good resources into a gay witch hunt, very sad.

Posted by: Dale8 | June 11, 2009 6:19 PM | Report abuse

I agree 100% with Nickles.

Posted by: latiamills | June 12, 2009 7:33 AM | Report abuse

I vehemently oppose Peter Nickles 99.99% of the time. But here, he is right. You don't put a civil right before the people to decide. It is quite simple.

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | June 12, 2009 7:33 PM | Report abuse

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