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Utah congressman seeks to block D.C. same-sex marriages

U.S. Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) introduced a disapproval resolution today in Congress to block the city's attempt to legalize same-sex marriage.

If approved by the House and Senate, as well as signed by President Obama, the resolution would override the same-sex marriage bill signed by Mayor Adrian M Fenty (D) last month.

But Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) issued a statement Wednesday evening saying she has received assurance from House Democratic leaders that the House will not even vote on Chaffetz's resolution.

"I am pleased it will not be taken up by committee," said Norton, adding her Democratic colleagues believe District officials should make their own laws.

Without Congressional intervention, same-sex marriages could begin in early March in the city.

By Anne Bartlett  |  January 27, 2010; 6:54 PM ET
Categories:  Tim Craig , same-sex marriage  
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Doesn't this religious zealot bigot have things in Utah to worry about--- Hey Chaffetz, how about giving people in DC a vote in Congress? How about creating legislation for DC Statehood? How about minding your stupid business and leaving us alone?

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | January 27, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Homophobia is intolerance which brings no benefit. Same-sex marriage is a right which must be availible to all LGBT people in every state of the United States. Jason Chaffetz is a man who is committed to the intolerant ideology of social conservatism so he's a terrible member of the House of Representatives. However, Congress will make sure that the bill which Washington, D.C.'s Mayor signed will come intact so that same-sex marriages performed in Washington, D.C. will be recognized in late winter.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | January 27, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. Two human beings may marry one another irrespective of gender. Can gay couples procreate. Yes. What is the difference between straight couples who hire a surrogate mother or use artificial insemination or gay and lesbian couples who do.
If procreation is a cornerstone of marriage then we had better stop allowing people over 50 to marry one another.
Oh, that sounds absurd. It wasn't 100 years ago.
Future generations won't care when they go to the wedding what the gender of the couple is. It'll just be the celebration of a new family.

Posted by: LibertySpinner | January 28, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

1. The US Constitution says that Congress is in control of D.C.

2. Rep. Chaffetz is doing his job. He is on the committee, and the “ranking” GOP on it.

3. Are you afraid that D.C. or Congress will overturn the D.C. council vote? They may or may not, but they should vote.

4. A large part of the population of D.C. belong to “black” Christian churches and are hopping made about the D.C. Council’s action.

5. “All hell is going to break loose,” warned Barry, the former D.C. mayor, after the council voted 12-to-1 Tuesday to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. “We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this.”

Posted by: Utah1 | January 28, 2010 2:20 AM | Report abuse

what we need is a law that stops those mormans from interbreeding like rabbits.

Posted by: SofaKingCool2009 | January 28, 2010 5:50 AM | Report abuse

I confess. I am homophobic. They are a petri dish of all the world's deadliest diseases. I am afraid to even be on the same elevator as a homosexual because I am afraid I will catch whatever awful disease they are packing.

I admit it. I am scared to death of homosexuals.

Posted by: RJFried | January 28, 2010 6:39 AM | Report abuse

Sounds like the good congressman and his followers are still ticked off that Utah's polygamy laws were repealed...Let the folks of DC govern themselves, since they certainly couldn't do any worse than you congressmen & women trying to govern the rest of us. Concentrate on what you were elected to do...and stop meddling in the affairs of the District!

Posted by: ageewhizzy | January 28, 2010 6:59 AM | Report abuse

“We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this.”

Leave it to the black community to want to up-rise and fight a civil war, just because someone else might be happy about a new law and they are not! The same black community that is responsible for 95% of the violent crime in our inner-cities! WoW! Those who live in sin, come on in!

Posted by: joejack65 | January 28, 2010 7:43 AM | Report abuse

Utah? Mind your own business. Go back to Salt Lake City.

Posted by: jckdoors | January 28, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse


Thats really rich...quoting Marion Barry, current felon and ex mayor who hasn't been right about anything since his first Mayoral term in the 70's.

This "joke on humanity" and complete waste of oxygen is the voice of authority that you are quoting? The only reason this man is around is because the chronically poor and crime infested black Ward 8 keeps voting him in. Problem with your assertion is that Ward 8 is the only Ward that likes him. Its population is 70,000.

The total Black population in the city is 350,000, or 55% of the total. Ward 8 is nothing in the grand scheme of things

Now I KNOW nothing is going to happen. You've just confirmed it for me.

Posted by: Nosh1 | January 28, 2010 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Marion Barry: “We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this.”
Riots are blacks' answer to everything if they don't get their way.

Posted by: checkered1 | January 28, 2010 9:33 AM | Report abuse


How does the representative of a state where the majority are members of a cult that approves of polygamy and child brides justify moralizing about same-sex marriages?

Posted by: ceefer66 | January 28, 2010 11:04 AM | Report abuse

I say we hold a referendum to decide if Mormonism is a cult and should lose its tax-exempt status!

What are they afraid of? Let the people decide!!

Posted by: B-rod | January 28, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse not a biggot..nor am I against something just because. But I'd like 2 say here that this law goes a lot higher than the congressman. Gods law stated that marriage can ONLY occur, between a man & a woman. & let no 1 stand against, Gods law !! This law can be proven, in the natural sense of things. If it were supposed that men could marry men and women, women, then please tell me how would we also take heed to his word about going out & multipying ?? we would still have just 2 people in the world. Those original 2 men or women. The worlds population would shrink incredibly so. How come they just cant be satisfied w/ just a civil union ? What is the intent here ?? To subvert @ all costs the word of God, because of a choice ?? And I don't want 2 hear that it's not a choice. I have seen as a youth very many young men deprived of social status due to the fact they could not play sports, weren't good with communicating with girls or couldn't defend themselves very well. So they were Ostracized..They weren't allowed to play with the boys Thier only recourse, well then play with the girls. I saw them transform before my very eyes I did. Or they went 2 jail a guy and came out something totally different. So I don't wanna hear that biological tirade of yours. Im not saying that they should not have rights, I'm just sayin the definition of a marriage, a real marriage, is boy plus girl. Everything else is a sham!! A lie. It's satans attempt 2 subvert Gods law. The citizens of DC didn't have a chance to vote on this. No a handful of councilmen did it for them. Throughout when there an issue that is so very important, as to affect people is such a way for years to come. That isssue is placed on a ballot and the people vote on it. Why is that so wrong? Let the majority get their say. If they say yes, we move on. But if they say no, can you move on ?? Can u really accept the finality of some 1 rejecting your impulses ?? Why don't U let the fairest way be the way. Fear !! I say that because U r scared. If not then it wouldn't b such a deal 2 let the vote occur. U don't want what's right, U want...period. right or wrong. All I have 2 say is that a whole buch of folk better start imaginign the hottest day they ever were subjected 2. Then multiply that exponentially so. Cause when they stand before the judgement, I am sure enuff that the heat will be on. What could U possibly say 2 God ?? I'd love 2 b in on that conversation....

lesson..get user to the heat !! cause where u'll end very hot !! so very hot !!

Posted by: regfree | January 28, 2010 1:26 PM | Report abuse

RJ Fried...? What U experience is not's stupidity. Let thy clear the mote out of thine own eye, before suggesting some 1 else clear it out of their eyes. Come on man !! get a grip. God gave us all a mind of our own. He is about free will. If that's what a person says they want 2 do..then it's on that person. We all fall short my friend. ALL !! not part !! that included me..& U

Posted by: regfree | January 28, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

I find it despicable that some people in the black community are actually threatening to go to "war" over this. That is terrorism and should be treated as such. Throw Barry in jail for being a domestic terrorist and for inciting hate crimes. The hypocrisy of that part of the black community is simply unbelievable. Guess what -- a lot of gays probably worked hard to get you your civil rights. I'm sure they'd love to thank you for turning your backs on them. Appalling.

Posted by: VirginiaDad | January 28, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

Surprisingly, Bob McDonnell said it best in his response to the State of the Union address: "As our Founders clearly stated, and we Governors understand, government closest to the people governs best."

Of course as a Republican, he will refuse to concede that his statement supports DC's desire to get out from under the despotic constitutionalism of the District Clause.

Posted by: citizenw | January 28, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

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