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Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 02/ 3/2010

Sen. introduces bill to block D.C. gay unions

By Washington Post Editors

A Utah senator has filed legislation that would prevent D.C. from implementing a gay marriage bill until residents vote on the issue.

Sen. Bob Bennett, a Republican, introduced the legislation Tuesday. The bill would ban the district from issuing same-sex marriage licenses until residents are allowed to vote on the issue.

The measure is one of several filed in Congress about the D.C. bill, which was passed by the city council in December but has not yet taken effect. Because the city is a federal district Congress has final say over its laws. U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, has filed similar legislation in the House.

The gay marriage bill is currently in a period of Congressional review but appears poised to go into effect in March.

--Associated Press

By Washington Post Editors  | February 3, 2010; 11:50 AM ET
 
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FAIL

But I sure would love to put up for a popular vote whether Mormonism is a cult, and if so, we will revoke its tax-exempt status and tax all of its properties

Posted by: B-rod | February 3, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Time to stop appropriations funding to any government or military project occuring in th state of Utah.....

Posted by: jsabol | February 3, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

The plantation owners speak. Go back to Utah, and mind your own business.

Posted by: jckdoors | February 3, 2010 1:42 PM | Report abuse

YES!!! Finally some Congressional support!!!

Posted by: ehenry1 | February 3, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

How about you actually use the word "marriage" in the title for future articles? We are, after all, talking about marriage and not some second-hand alternative.

Posted by: redgrifn | February 3, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

Utah where marriage between consentual adults is banned but forcing a 14 year old to wed is A OK

Posted by: mmad2 | February 3, 2010 2:47 PM | Report abuse

I love the way these guys talk about the "unelected District of Columbia Board of Elections & Ethics and the unelected District of Columbia Superior Court". But how about the people we DID elect? That's right folks, we also need to be protected from our "out-of-control city council" (their words), an extremely liberal council who WE city residents overwhelmingly elected in OUR last election, most of whom have made no secret of their support for same-sex marriage. And while we're at it let's throw in the mayor too, since he supports same-sex marriage and we elected HIM. In other words, please protect us from ourselves because we were apparently too stupid to know who we were voting for.

Oh and BTW Mr. Bennett and Mr. Chaffetz, we didn't elect YOU either.

Posted by: MrDarwin | February 3, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

As a gay man, I agree wholeheartedly in holding the DC marriage law in abeyance until DC residents decide. A matter of this social magnitude should be decided by the people.

Posted by: rpcv84 | February 3, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

The Utah Senator should go to Utah and prosecute all the people marrying more than one woman, they are called MORMONS!

The Utah Senator should focus on his constitueincy and not the Black voters of Washington DC. He was not voted in here and he shpould place his agenda on his voters not US. We did not vote for thiws conservative Utah delegate!

Posted by: patmatthews | February 3, 2010 3:07 PM | Report abuse

Why is it that there is always involvement to stop and overturn gay rights stemming from Utah? When will Mormon money stop pouring into the effort to stop equality for all humans. That's what this is all about.

Posted by: SwissRoots | February 3, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

ehenry 1 , I agree Yes!!!! Finally someone thinks that maybe citizens should have a vote. not just some city councilman ramming his beliefs and ideas down my throat.

Posted by: rickyjohnson1 | February 3, 2010 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Ok so maybe D.C. citizens should have the right to vote. But this is what happened with Proposition 8 in California. Then money was poured in (mostly from Utah) to support overturning gay marriage. Their campaign was successful. And here is the list (directly copied from Bennett's website of who is co-sponsoring the bill) I see an interesting (very partisan) trend here....

Bennett's bill is cosponsored by Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Sen. David Vitter (R-La.), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), and Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.).

Posted by: SwissRoots | February 3, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

"FAIL

But I sure would love to put up for a popular vote whether Mormonism is a cult, and if so, we will revoke its tax-exempt status and tax all of its properties

Posted by: B-rod | February 3, 2010 12:14 PM"

I agree, Mormonism and Scientology's status as religions should be put to a popular vote.

Posted by: SUMB44 | February 3, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse


Utah, of all places, with its polygamist families and neocon politicians have no right to dictate to anybody what is moral or immoral. Bennett is a POS.


Posted by: mortified469 | February 3, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

Insisting that "the people" to vote on issues flies in the face of "representative government." If voters don't like the way their Representatives and Senators represent them, they have a chance to vote them out of office. We do not govern by referendum in this country. One would think that Mr. Bennett and Mr. Chaffetz, as elected officials in a representative democracy, would know what their roles are as spelled out by the Constitution.

Posted by: SouthernerInDC | February 3, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

A representative of a state where the majority of people belong to a cult that OK's polygamy and the taking of child brides feels qualified to moralize about gay marriage?

I wonder if the closeted Senator from Idaho who got pinched in the Minneapolis men's room incident is a co-sponsor.

Posted by: ceefer66 | February 3, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

What are they afraid of? Who does it hurt? The "sanctity" of heterosexual marriage? Don't make me laugh. "Til death do you part." "Forsaking all others." Republicans & Christians cannot be in favor of something like this that would lead to the downfall of the republic & the corruption of the morals of children & teddy bears!

Posted by: uncivil | February 3, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

ehenry 1 , I agree Yes!!!! Finally someone thinks that maybe citizens should have a vote. not just some city councilman ramming his beliefs and ideas down my throat.

I agree, ehenry. Allow the residents to decide. Fenty is not a good mayor and will do anything to get re-elected. The only rights that the gay people should enjoy is the right to get straight and stop expecting more bemefits than a human being. It was a choice to be gay, not a right other than human. Enough said!!!

Posted by: geeyahmunch | February 3, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

You can't spell Mormon without M-O-R-O-N.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 3, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Some drooling subnormal wrote: "ehenry 1 , I agree Yes!!!! Finally someone thinks that maybe citizens should have a vote. not just some city councilman ramming his beliefs and ideas down my throat."

That would be elected city councilmen, numbnutz. Are you proposing the abolition of Congress too?

Where do these rightwingnut freakazoids come from?

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 3, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I agree, ehenry. Allow the residents to decide. Fenty is not a good mayor and will do anything to get re-elected. The only rights that the gay people should enjoy is the right to get straight and stop expecting more bemefits than a human being. It was a choice to be gay, not a right other than human. Enough said!!!

Posted by: geeyahmunch | February 3, 2010 4:09 PM |

I feel sorry for you. It's sad for you to live life thinking that way.

Posted by: SwissRoots | February 3, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

More women for the men if we support them gays... so forget all the nays!
Let them have their unions or whatever, I have growned and so should you Congressmeanman Bob Bennett who do not need to be in it.

Posted by: foxxmacpryor | February 3, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Another drooling subnormal wrote: "It was a choice to be gay,"

Why would anyone choose a lifestyle that would subject him or herself to harassment and possible physical violence from the likes of scum like the person who posted the above? Rightwingnuts have never been able to explain why anyone would choose to live this way.

Posted by: koolkat_1960 | February 3, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

That the senator is from Utah surprises no one.

Posted by: cmckeonjr | February 3, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"As a gay man, I agree wholeheartedly in holding the DC marriage law in abeyance until DC residents decide. A matter of this social magnitude should be decided by the people."

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Really? Have your read the bit in the Constitution about ours being a republican form of government? The citizens of the District of Columbia elected their council members to enact laws on their behalf. If we don't like what they're doing, we vote them out of office. Save the touchy-feely, everybody is entitled to be heard on every topic thing for a group therapy session.

I hope Delegate Norton is busy drafting legislation to permit gay marriage in Utah just to make a point.

Posted by: donuts1 | February 3, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

The answer is simple: Put it to a simple up or down (no pun intended) vote...

Posted by: randy_boyd | February 3, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

Putting aside the flaming ignorance of the right-wing postings...
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Why are we even worried about this? Given that the Dems have 59 seats in the house, there is simply NO WAY the GOP can stop any filibuster the Dems should mount on this issue. And if the Dems don't mount a filibuster on something this basic, well they deserve to lose and lose hard.
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If the GOP wants to stop Healthcare voting, why are the Dems even considering letting bills like this even come to the floor?
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Stop the hissy fits over the ignoramouses espousing discrimination and we'll watch them implode.

Posted by: rpixley220 | February 3, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

59 seats in the 'Senate'...doh

Posted by: rpixley220 | February 3, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Ah yes, throwing a bone to the teabaggers/slopers/birthers back in the state.

A profile in courage, oh ya.

Posted by: SwellLevel5 | February 3, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

It might seem odd to quote him, but Jesse Ventura Former Minnesota Governor and champion of libertarian causes (Hello Utah and other Western States who claim to be libertarians...) addressed the marriage issue.

"Love is bigger than government. Who the hell are we as a government to tell people who you can fall in love with? I think it‘s absurd that fact it‘s even being debated.

We can solve the problem simply. Government only acknowledges civil unions then you don‘t have to put your sex down. Let the churches acknowledge marriage. They are the private sectors. If they don‘t want to acknowledge it, they have every right to do so. How on earth can we even entertain the fact that government should have the ability to tell you as an individual who you can fall in love with? Ridiculous.

...Let me throw something out. You can‘t take a civil rights issue and put it up to a vote. If you did that, we might still have slavery if it was allowed to be voted on."

As for those in DC clamoring for Congressional involvement, or the want to put this to a vote I ask, are your memories of the 1950 and 60's and what DC was like so distant as to have no memory or conscience? Or do you just not really believe in Civil Rights for All Citizens?

Posted by: paul_postie | February 3, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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