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Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 06/ 9/2010

Same-sex marriage opponents rallying for straw poll

By Washington Post Editors
Washington Post Editors

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.

--Tim Craig

By Washington Post Editors  | June 9, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
Categories:  2010 District Election, Tim Craig  
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Comments

My money says most opponents live outside of DC or are not registered voters of any sort. They will not get many votes on this one. Much like union opposition to Fenty, this one is moot in terms of DC elections.

Posted by: mendelsonmustgo | June 9, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/07/AR2010060703593.html

Posted by: leojuly23 | June 9, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Lets vote on marriage- all marriages. Maybe heterosexuals should not be permitted to marry as they have made a big mess of marriage!

Posted by: lsf07 | June 9, 2010 1:21 PM | Report abuse

A straw poll?! What a waste!

Posted by: JohnnyU2Berry | June 9, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

Who cares... Marriage is dead anyhow.

Posted by: ericroks | June 9, 2010 4:47 PM | Report abuse

How has legal same-sex marriage affected the people who are opposed to it? Seems to me that it just gives them a reason to be hopping mad.

I really do not understand why people think they have a right to vote on this issue. Marriage is a civil right. Same-sex couples who are denied access to civil marriage have their 14th Amendment rights to equal protection of the laws and due process violated.

When people who oppose legal marriage for same-sex couples will identify which of their civil rights they are willing to subject to popular vote, then we can talk.

Civil rights do not belong to a majority who gets to determine who is worthy of enjoying their protections. And, yes, same-sex marriage is a civil rights issue. Civil rights are not limited to racial, ethnic or religious classes.

Posted by: kpharmer | June 9, 2010 6:36 PM | Report abuse

Homophobia is intolerance which brings no benefit. Same-sex marriage is a right. The opponents who are going to influence the straw poll of Washington, D.C.'s Democratic party don't know about equality for LGBT people other than hating it.

Posted by: LibertyForAll | June 9, 2010 9:34 PM | Report abuse

The LGBT for Gray community will be out in full force and so will I and my family and friends. HATE has no place in this race and we will see to it that such a hateful message does not influence or detract from the message of getting out the vote at the city-wide straw poll.

I love all of God's children as the Holy Book tells me to.

P.S.
Correction---many of our Union brethren DO live within the DC boundary and the one's that don't have family here, who vote the way their union family members ask them. So yes, Union support does matter, it matters a great deal. I witnesses Mr. Fenty disrespect the Unions who can to the DOES Construction Job Fair at RFK today, it was shameful for the Mayor of the National Capitol to treat labor in such a manner.

Posted by: lacairaine | June 11, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

It is shameful that gays ruin marriage which has always been between a man and a woman, why can't they just accept civil unions and move on. The PC crowd loves to sow discord, death, and disharmony.

Posted by: zcxnissan | June 11, 2010 11:05 PM | Report abuse

@zcxnissan, What? Are you totally out of the loop? The straight folks have done a bang-up job on marriage. If anything, letting gay and lesbian couples who love each other marry will STRENGTHEN marriage. We've had to fight for it, and it evidently means a hell of a lot more to the gay folks than to straight folks who marry and get divorced at the drop of a hat.

Posted by: redgrifn | June 14, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

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