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Posted at 8:38 AM ET, 05/ 4/2010

D.C. court to hear gay marriage challenge

By Washington Post editors

The D.C. Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday over gay marriage.

In January, a D.C. Superior Court judge threw out a lawsuit by a Maryland pastor who wanted to put a measure on the D.C. ballot to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Bishop Harry Jackson sued after the Board of Elections and Ethics refused to approve the ballot initiative, saying it would violate the city's Human Rights Act. The judge said the city was right.

Tuesday's appeals court hearing will be before the full court. It's rare for all of the judges to hear a case before it has been heard by a three-judge appeals panel, particularly when the lawyers in the case didn't request the en banc hearing.

Gay marriage became legal in Washington in March.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | May 4, 2010; 8:38 AM ET
 
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I find it amazing that these anti-gay nitwits won't let this go.....how many MORE PRESSING problems are there in DC...hey Bishop Ugly...How about DC's Homelessness? ..or Joblessness....or those who are Hungry? since Marriage Equality was enacted in March - 100's of cpls have married, How has this affected anyone who is NOT Gay personally? Im sick and tired of all this anti-LGBT crap.....LGBT Americans PAY TAXES (talk about taxation without representation!) ....what a disgrace America is , even the notion of others Voting on a Minority's Rights is Disgusting & Disturbing. Im Fed up! ..Just out of curiousity what would this Bishop Ugly want them to do - Annul the marriages that have taken place? Pit neighbor against neighbor?

Posted by: rextrek1 | May 4, 2010 10:36 AM | Report abuse

Thank you for making it clear that it's a Maryland pastor leading this. He's pretended to be a DC resident, and I'm glad we've all seen through it.

I wish these busybodies from Maryland would just mind their own business.

Posted by: DCCharles | May 4, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Everyone knows that gay marriage is a hot button topic. I mean everyone has their opinion on it, some say it should be legal, others say no. But what's interesting is this article I just read on wordpress, believe it or not, that described and discussed the topic, its legality and whether it is a right or not in the most profound manner I have ever heard, I strongly suggest everyone read it

http://bit.ly/aVH5MX

Posted by: republicanblack | May 4, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

This issue isn't even about gay marriage.
it's about gender rights and the government being able to choose the genitals of who i want to wed.
gays have always had the right to marry, as long as their partner did not have the same genitals as them.
same sex marriage is a gender issue.
all consenting adults, with everything else being equal, should not have the government disqualifying their chosen marriage partner simply and soley because of GENDER.

Posted by: MarilynManson | May 4, 2010 1:57 PM | Report abuse

@MarilynManson

I agree with you on your basis, but you are wrong when you say "gays have always had the right to marry, as long as their partner did not have the same genitals as them." If a gay guy marriage a female, they would not be considered gay. Its these illogical opinions that confuse the masses. Same-sex marriage was legal, until the US decided to define it as between one man and one woman. But I do agree that banning gay marriage is gender discrimination, clearly a violation of the US Constitution.

Posted by: thomasAlex | May 4, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

I just read the "recommended reading" by one of the previous posters. Nice try, but that is not an "article," it's an opinion piece, and a pretty biased one, at that. When the author repeatedly uses the term "homosexual marriage," that's a clue that he's against it.

My partner and I are looking forward to our DC wedding ceremony on May 14 and there's nothing that bigots like Harry Jackson can do about it.

Posted by: Marylander4 | May 4, 2010 3:30 PM | Report abuse

Dear republicanblack:

I read the article you reference. It's not completely terrible, but it is hardly "profound" and it is certainly wrong. It attempts to make its argument via analogies, but that are false analogies -- a "straw man" argument built only for the purpose of being knocked down.

If you want a more well-thought-out piece on same-sex marriage, see: www.thenation.com/blog/reflections-marriage

Posted by: Len_RI1 | May 4, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Homosexuality is not a sin according to the Bible. Any educated Christian would know that. Scholars who have studied the Bible in context of the times and in relation to other passages have shown those passages (Leviticus, Corinthians, Romans, etc) have nothing to do with homosexuality. These passages often cherry-picked while ignoring the rest of the Bible. The sins theses passages are referring to are idolatry, prostitution, and rape, not homosexuality.

(Change *** to www)
***.soulfoodministry.org/docs/English/NotASin.htm
***.jesus21.com/content/sex/bible_homosexuality_print.html
***.christchapel.com/reclaiming.html
***.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/BiblicalReferences.php
***.gaychristian101.com/

Posted by: shadow_man | May 4, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Homosexuality is not a choice. Just like you don't choose the color of your skin, you cannot choose whom you are sexually attracted to. If you can, sorry, but you are not heterosexual, you are bi-sexual. Virtually all major psychological and medical experts agree that sexual orientation is NOT a choice. Most gay people will tell you its not a choice. Common sense will tell you its not a choice. While science is relatively new to studying homosexuality, studies tend to indicate that its biological.

(Change *** to www)
***-news.uchicago.edu/releases/03/differential-brain-activation.pdf
***.newscientist.com/channel/sex/dn14146-gay-brains-structured-like-those-of-the-opposite-sex.html
Gay, Straight Men's Brain Responses Differ
***.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,155990,00.html
***.livescience.com/health/060224_gay_genes.html
***.springerlink.com/content/w27453600k586276/

Posted by: shadow_man | May 4, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The National Library of Medicine pubs confirm that sexual orientation is natural, biologically induced in the first trimester of pregnancy, morally neutral, immutable, neither contagious nor learned, bearing no relation to an individuals ability to form deep and lasting relationships, to parent children, to work or to contribute to society.

From the American Psychological Association: homosexuality is normal; homosexual relationships are normal.

The American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Asociation and American Psychiatric Asociation have endorsed civil marriage for same-sex couples because marriage strengthens mental and physical health and longevity of couples, and provides greater legal and financial security for children, parents and seniors.

America's premier child/mental health associations endorse marriage equality.

Posted by: shadow_man | May 4, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

This was taken from another poster that shows why we need to legalize gay marriage. If you don't feel for this person after reading it, you simply aren't human.

"I am not sure what our President thinks of this dicission but coming from a poor family and knowing what discrimination is all about I would assume he would not care if "Gays" have equal rights. The whole reason why they are asking for rights to be considered married is from the same reason why I would be for it. My own life partner commited suicide in our home with a gun to his heart. After a 28 year union I was deprived to even go his funeral. We had two plots next to each other. But because we did not have a marriage cirtificate "(Legal Document)" of our union his mother had him cremated and his ashes taken back to Missouri where we came from. That is only one example how painful it is. His suicide tramatized me so much and her disregard for my feelings only added to my heartach. That happened on March 21 of 2007 and I still cannot type this without crying for the trauma I have to endure each day. Oh did I mention I am in an electric wheelchair for life? Yes I am and it is very diffacult to find another mate when you are 58 and in a wheelchair. "

Posted by: shadow_man | May 4, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

The western world have become mad They would like to be companions of animals in the level of civilization So they want to live in 2000B C

Posted by: kalappuracthomas | May 5, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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