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Posted at 3:34 PM ET, 05/11/2009

Standing Up for Barry

By Vince Rinehart

By David Fisher

As a conservative Republican, I never imagined a day when I would be writing a letter in support of D.C. Council member Marion Barry, but that is exactly what I am doing.

Mr. Barry, who has said he supports civil unions, voted against the recognition of same-sex marriages by the District because he correctly believed that is what his constituents wanted. Bravo. That is the very definition of “representative.” Politicians of every stripe should take a lesson.

As for the argument that the supporters of the bill want only the same legal rights everyone else has, they already have it: the right to marry someone of the opposite sex.

By Vince Rinehart  | May 11, 2009; 3:34 PM ET
Categories:  Marion Barry, same-sex marriage  
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Far fetched and unfathomable, that's how I find Mr Fisher's words, not for one second do you fool me. If Barry were to seek out more public assistance or funds for programs of the 8th Ward, that would truly benefit the 8th ward, you would be all up in protest.

I really don't buy your kudos for Barry's political stance, I much prefer you just come right out with it, your issues with gays. Why dance all around the issue, and more so, embarrass yourself with aligning yourself with this questionable "morale compass?"

Perhaps you hit the pipe a little too hard as well?

Posted by: Dale8 | May 11, 2009 6:45 PM | Report abuse

This is a bit absurd, isn't it? A comment from someone who doesn't live in D.C., praising a D.C. official for representing him... when D.C.'s population overwhelmingly disagrees with Barry?

The world is a weird place.

Posted by: joshlct | May 12, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

Barry should have been locked away for good years ago, when he was caught with cocaine and a prostitute.

Posted by: smckaho420 | May 12, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

Yes, "voted against the recognition of same-sex marriages by the District because he correctly believed that is what his constituents wanted." By that logic, it was also good when southern Democrats voted against the Civil Rights Act of 1865 because that was exactly what their constituents wanted, the substantive ethical content of their vote being a nonissue.

Posted by: jd2004dc | May 12, 2009 1:29 PM | Report abuse

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