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Hundreds plan to testify at same-sex marriage hearing

More than 250 people have signed up to testify for or against a proposal to legalize same-sex marriage in the District, setting the stage for what may be one of the biggest hearings ever conducted by the D.C. Council.

So many people have signed up to testify that the hearing, scheduled to begin Monday afternoon, it has been extended to a second day.

Council member Phil Mendelson (D-At large), chairman of the Public Safety and Judiciary Committee, said the first 100 witnesses will start testifying Monday at 3:30 p.m. The remaining witnesses will be able to testify a week later on Nov. 2.

In all, 269 people asked to testify before Thursday's deadline.

Mendelson said he does not recall there ever being a hearing with so many public witnesses.

The testimony from the witnesses, who get three minutes to present their case, could stretch past midnight on Monday.

The witnesses represent numerous gay rights organizations, the Democratic Party, various churches and religious organizations and some public officials.

But most of the witnesses are members of the public speaking out on their own accord.

In preparation for the hearing, a group of same-sex marriage opponents will be holding a rally Sunday on Freedom Plaza.

The group will be demanding that the Board of Elections and Ethics approve its request for a citywide referendum asking voters to block same-sex marriage in the District. The board will hold also hold its hearing on the request Monday but a decision is not expected until early next month.

By Tim Craig  |  October 23, 2009; 3:36 PM ET
Categories:  Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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I pray to my favorite tv characters that gay marriage is legalized in the district and elsewhere! These people have every right to express their views on the morality of homosexuality, but don't deprive people of legal rights! Not to mention that judging their unions is just that - being JUDGEMENTAL. So many of you religious folk are brainwashed fools. Get a life.

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Posted by: byrdsview | October 23, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

nope, i don't like it, i don't like it, i don't like it. I love the people who are gay but I don't like change of marriage from a man and woman to that of same sex if individuals chooses to. Nope, i don't like it. Now this would be a cause for me to get involved.

Posted by: liseja12 | October 23, 2009 5:06 PM | Report abuse

and i have friends who live the gay life style. i won't stop loving them but they will know that i openly oppose gay marriages.

Posted by: liseja12 | October 23, 2009 5:09 PM | Report abuse

@liseja - I don't like your face but I can't OUTLAW that.


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Posted by: byrdsview | October 23, 2009 5:36 PM | Report abuse

For accuracy, same-sex marriage is a right in which all LGBT people must have access to in every state of the United States. It's good that there's a bill which would recognize same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C. City Council. Although there will be hundreds of people speaking, with some people who oppose same-sex marriage on reasons that aren't credible, the Washington, D.C. City Council members must stick to their view of equality for LGBT people.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | October 23, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

They always talk rubbish like .we are not equal,we just want justice. Well shiiiit
You are only unequal in your own eyes and as far as justice goes, all that the church folk want is to leave the word "marriage" alone and take a civil union. Its only a word to you but it means more to us. We dont care if you claim partner dues from Gov or council
but for Gods Sake leave the word Marriage to the way God meant it to be.

Posted by: captgrumpy | October 24, 2009 1:17 AM | Report abuse

Why do those that oppose same-sex marriage are afrid that thier wife/husband will come out and leave them?
We just want what every married couple wants, to be able to have the complete fulfillmet of love and marriage in our lives the way the so called straight people have.

Posted by: onesugar1 | October 24, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

The people of Washington, D.C. have a RIGHT to vote. If homosexuals are so strongly convinced that they have a RIGHT why don't they support the people of Washington, D.C. voting on a legislation regarding "Gay Marriage". Homosexuals claim it's a civil right as though they are being denied something, because now they have become the latest new race on the block. Don't you see as a homosexual you claim you have been denied the right to marry, the polygamous claims they are being denied, Dick and Jane are made cause both of them want to marry spot and they claim there being denied. On and on and on, where we stop nobody knows. Marriage is not a civil right, the right to vote is your civil right; let the people vote!

Posted by: JustDtruth4U | October 26, 2009 7:30 AM | Report abuse

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