Same-sex marriage opponents rallying for straw poll
Same-sex marriage opponents, upset that voters were not allowed to weigh in on the issue before gay couples started to marry, are gearing up to try to influence Saturday's D.C. Democratic Committee straw poll.
Bob King, an advisory neighborhood commissioner in Northeast, and other opponents have been handing out fliers urging residents to show up at the straw poll "to send a message" to candidates who supported the city's same-sex marriage law.
"D.C. leaders denied residents the right to vote on marriage," the flier states. "Now, the battle is on in the courts and at elections."
The flier, which asks residents to wear white, offers insight into who same-sex marriage opponents are backing in this year's mayor and council elections.
With both Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray (D) supportive of same-sex marriage, the flier asks residents to support Leo Alexander in the mayor's race.
In Ward 5, the opponents appear to be lining up behind Delano Hunter over incumbent Harry Thomas Jr. (D), who supported the same-sex marriage bill. In the at-large races, Kelvin Robinson and the Rev. Anthony Motley have the backing of same-sex marriage opponents, according to the flier. The two incumbent at-large members up for election this year - Phil Mendelson (D) and David A. Catania (I) - were the leading advocates for the same-sex marriage bill.
The D.C. Democratic Committee straw poll, open to any registered Democrat in the city, will be held Saturday at the Howard University law school in Van Ness. Party leaders expect more than 1,000 votes to be cast. To try to avoid an embarrassing defeat, gay rights supporters are now trying to marshal their supporters to also show up in large members to the convention, even though the Capitol Pride parade is being held Saturday.
Washington Post Editors
| June 9, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
Categories: 2010 District Election, Tim Craig
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