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Same-sex marriage opponents appeal, advocates look to March 3

Same-sex marriage opponents are running out of time as they try again to block the District's new law allowing gay couples to marry from taking effect next week.

Attorneys for Stand4MarriageDC and the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal organization, today appealed a court order that upheld a D.C. Board of Elections ruling against a referendum on the issue.

Opponents want to give residents a chance to vote on the new law in a ballot measure before it takes effect.

"We are appealing because the District's marriage redefinition law shouldn't go into effect until voters have the opportunity to vote on a critical matter that affects everyone in the District," senior legal counsel Austin R. Nimocks said in a news release.

Meantime, same-sex marriage advocates are moving ahead. Council member David Catania, the bill's sponsor, has a countdown clock on his website to March 3, the anticipated first day when gay couples will be allowed to apply for licenses in the District.

While couples will be able to apply next Wednesday, the three-day waiting period in the District means that couples will not be able to formally marry until the following Tuesday, March 9.

By Ann Marimow  |  February 24, 2010; 4:14 PM ET
Categories:  Ann E. Marimow , D.C. Council , same-sex marriage  
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Funny how people who think big government is inherently wrong and want the government to stay out of their lives do a big fat hypocritical one-eighty in order to force their private views on another person's behavior. I am an old white straight Episcopalian and DC native. I'm already annoyed that the right wing changed the name of our airport. Please let loving couples who want to marry do their own thing. They aren't going to threaten your marriage unless your spouse has a secret gay lover they prefer to you. Nobody will force your church to host same-sex nuptials. But think of all the nice tax revenues to be made on hotels and restaurants hosting those celebrations. Don't worry, all you so called Christians out there. You can't catch "the gay" and the Lord will be happy to explain how wrong you are on this issue when you face His judgment in the hereafter. I'm pretty sure all of Saint Paul's rants on this subject had nothing to do with your quiet respectable gay neighbors who did such a nice job renovating their house and keep the garden looking beautiful. I think Paul was protesting just a little too much and had his own demons to chase. Come on in to the 21st century. It's a much better place to be.

Posted by: greyK | February 24, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

I think of the opponents as the "can't keep their hands in their own pants" crowd, or alternatively the "won't stay out of other people's bedrooms" crowd, or just a pile of sicko virtual peeping Toms.

I'm glad they're losing, they need to lose, in that perhaps this will help teach them to mind their own business.

Posted by: Nymous | February 24, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

How does allowing gay marriage "affect everyone in the District"? The average DC citizen is not affected in the least when a couple gets married now, so why would they be affected if some of those marrying couples are gay?

Posted by: kackidee | February 24, 2010 6:25 PM | Report abuse

As a straight man, I can safely say this issue does not affect me in the slightest. So why am I supporting it? Two reasons. One: Equal rights rocks. Two: I love seeing these nutjobs come up empty.

Posted by: ravensfan20008 | February 24, 2010 7:34 PM | Report abuse

I've been in a domestic partnership here in the District since 2005. We'll be getting our new marriage license next week. I LOVE BEING A WASHINGTONIAN! GO DC! Time to leave the bigots behind!

Posted by: DCdweller81 | February 24, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The gay bachelor parties are going to be GREAT!

Posted by: ermiwe | February 24, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Homophobia is intolerance which brings no benefit. Same-sex marriage is a right which must be accessible to all LGBT people in every state of the United States. The Washington, D.C. Board of Elections has done the correct thing in prohibiting a referendum on the right of same-sex marriage because that would be a gamble on human rights. It's good that David Catania has a countdown clock until licenses for same-sex marriages can be obtained in late winter.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | February 24, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Gay marriage

My concern is that more and more gay men get STD. It seems that gay men is easier to get an STD.
According to the report from the largest STD dating site == Positivefish.com ==(if I spell the site correctly), the gay subscribers
increased continually. Most of them are sexy.

Posted by: stdsgirl | February 24, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

stdgirl: So, by denying gays and lesbians the right to form legally sanctioned monogamous relationships, we are going to stop STD's? Huh? When healthy people maintain monogamy, doesn't it follow that they won't infect each other? Now, if they cheat, that's another story.

Posted by: clwaldmann | February 25, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

State by state, city by city a blight on our society is being lifted. When will these folks learn? The same arguments have been used against women equal rights, African-American equal rights, mixed-race marriages and now full equal rights for LGBT persons. Fear works short term, gay marriage is legal in Massachusetts and the sky didn't fall in, floods did not happen nor did a plague of frogs or locusts come forth in divine retribution.

I delight every time these reactionists lose. REAL, SECULAR conservatives follow their libertarian leanings on this matter, while the neo-religious, neo-conservative knuckleheads make a mockery of the life of the very savior they pretend to venerate.

Way to go DC and thank you from the bottom of my pink-frilled, gay heart.

Posted by: jwcisneros | February 25, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

I am just in love with the double standard I've been seeing: that the majority is always right when it comes to trampling the rights of homosexuals, but in the instance of economic policy, the wealthy minority need to be protected from the masses.

Of course Gay Marriage opponents want to bring it to a vote; they can afford ad campaigns, and use stereotypes, and especially appeals to fear in order to sway the vote. This is the same tactic they used in California and Maine. The religious right knows better than anyone that fear always nullifies logic.

Posted by: langjake42 | February 25, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

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