February 3rd, 2010
05:20 PM ET
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Senators aim to stop D.C. same-sex marriage

Sen. Robert Bennett introduced legislation Tuesday that would stop same-sex marriages in Washington, D.C. from becoming legal.
Sen. Robert Bennett introduced legislation Tuesday that would stop same-sex marriages in Washington, D.C. from becoming legal.

Washington (CNN) - The District of Columbia's representative in Congress is criticizing a new effort led by a Utah senator to ban same sex couples from legally marrying in the nation's capital.

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-District of Columbia, said Sen. Robert Bennett, R-Utah, and eight of his Republican colleagues are "Disregarding the most basic of American self-government principles" by "trying to overturn same-sex marriage legislation in the District of Columbia.

"Marriage is a fundamental state's right in the District as elsewhere in America, not a political football to be used or abused to score points back home at the expense of the people of the District, and of democratic principles," Norton added.

Bennett introduced his legislation Tuesday that would stop same-sex marriages from becoming legal in the city without a referendum or vote by citizens of the District. Republican Sens. Sam Brownback of Kansas, John Cornyn of Texas, Mike Enzi of Wyoming, Orrin Hatch of Utah, James Inhofe of Oklahoma, Pat Roberts of Kansas, David Vitter of Louisiana and Roger Wicker of Mississippi, cosponsored Bennett's bill.

"The definition of marriage affects every person, and should be debated openly, lawfully, and democratically," Bennett said in a statement.

In December 2009, Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the "Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009," legislation that would allow same-sex marriages, after a period of Congressional review.

Last month, GOP Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, and Jim Jordan of Ohio, introduced a resolution of disapproval in the House, objecting to the actions of the District of Columbia Council.

By law, Congress has the right to review and overturn laws approved by the council.


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soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. what a joke

    David Vitter should talk about the "sanctity of marriage." Laughing.

    February 3, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  2. Mikey

    As a Utahn, I can reveal the official news. Both Bennett and Hatch are certified morons.

    February 3, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  3. Marcus

    "The definition of marriage affects every person, and should be debated openly, lawfully, and democratically," Bennett said in a statement.
    Then why are you trying to SHOVE your beliefs down other people's troats?

    February 3, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  4. Pragmatic

    republicans, always yelling about "small government staying out of people's lives!" ... except when it comes to who should marry who and taxpayer funding of "abstinence only" programs ... just ask Grandma Palin how well that works!

    February 3, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. John

    Senators aim to stop D.C. same-sex marriage

    Republicans are determined to be remembered as the party most closely linked with anything to do with homosexuality.

    February 3, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  6. GI Joe

    Republicans wanting to run every city now. What's next - every household?

    The reps are the Amercan Taliban.

    February 3, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  7. Bennett Is A Bozo

    This is the reason the citizens of the District of Columbia need to have their own vote in Congress. Because bozos like Bennett can't shove their own views down the throats of the citizens of the District. I hope he gets embarrassed and kicked to the curb on this one.

    I don't believe in ss marriage, but I'm not a citizen in the District of Columbia. How arrogant for this man to think he knows more than over 650 thousand citizens who voted for ss marriage. Bennett is an idiot of the worst kind. You let someone come into his state and try to shove their views down the throats of his constituents. It would not go over well, and for good reason. This is America.

    February 3, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. K.

    Taxation without representation. It's not just a clever slogan, it's a way of life for Washingtonians.

    February 3, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  9. liz

    Once again republicans stand for bigotry and against basic human rights. gay people being able to marry each other instead of entering into a sham marriage, which is perfectly legal, will not make any straight couple any less married any more than a gay man owning a Ford diminishes a straight man's Ford ownership. this mindless hate is totally un-American and a disgrace in this day and age.

    February 3, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  10. hobart

    Leave it to the Party of No to know no limits to their loathsome lies and hypocrisy.

    Why is it that the party of small government constantly uses their jackboot thug tactics to cram their agenda down the rest of our throats? It's because there is really no difference between them and the real Nazis, them and the real Communists. With them there is no compromise, ever. It's our way or the highway, uber alles, 24/7/365, even when we've been voted out of office.

    Why do Republicans so hate America?

    February 3, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  11. Ferris

    Let this bozo take a wide stance in the stall of an Minneapolis bathroom.

    Honestly, why is a old wrinkly dude from Utah mouthing off about issues in the District of Columbia? He wasn't elected to inact laws affecting people living within Washington.

    February 3, 2010 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  12. gate

    Good thing the hate mongering GOP don't have the majority in Congress. They would love throw that whole separation of church and state out the window and legislate their narrow minded religious beliefs. Oh wait, they already did.

    February 3, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  13. Mobius

    Mormon Terrorism

    February 3, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  14. m smith

    hey he is from utah you have to have the opposit sex then you can have as many wives as you want. More repo nonsense. If they toe tap in the rest room thats ok. Why don't they mind their own business and worry about their own states. The party of No strikes again. Cosmo centerfolds are ok.?

    February 3, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  15. Sick of Hypocrites

    I'm pleased to see that Lousiana Senator David Vitter is cosponsoring this bill. He's a fine champion of traditional marriage and well-qualified to tell other folks how to behave. (Disregard that prostitution scandal with the D.C. Madam a couple of years back.) Way to protect us all, Dave!

    February 3, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  16. Michael

    Seriously...the GOP needs to stop bullying the Gays and start putting forth some ideas on how to improve our economy!!

    February 3, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  17. Jim Hall

    I bet you that this old man Bennett spends more time in strip joints, airport bathrooms, parks, etc when he is supposidly on a business at tax payers money. This old man doesn't have anything better to do than to stick his nose in other peoples business. At what he is paid about $175,000 per year and only works 3 days a week if that he needs to be doing something more productive Jim Hall Kansas City Missouri.

    February 3, 2010 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  18. Aaron

    The Repubs have insisted that gay marriage is a state issue, but now tactics have changed when the old goats think they can get some press out of it.

    February 3, 2010 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  19. Ethan

    The guy is a Senator from UTAH wanting to overturn a law in a CITY on the other side of the country.

    An analogy would be Bernie Sanders demanding that the people of Salt Lake City drink microbrew beer and wear Birkenstocks.

    The real question is:

    How in the world does the thought even get from Bennett's brain to the world without him wondering if it's a smart idea or not?

    Oh wait, he's a Republican, so he's thinking:

    POLITICS FIRST, COUNTRY LAST.

    February 3, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  20. Dan

    Whenever gay unions have been given the title "marriage," it has been done by corrupt judges and bureaucrats, while whenever the issue is put to the citizens, people have voted to call a spade a spade, reserving the title "marriage" for actual marriages. Bennett isn't trying to do anything other than let the people decide.

    February 3, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  21. marc in california

    Unbelievable! The party of "less government" and "more individual freedom" still feels the need to prove that they hypocrits by denying a specific population the same type of rights that they have just because they are different!

    If the GOP is really the party of less government and more individual freedom they will leave the gay population in DC and America alone and let them live their lives just like any average American!

    They probably won't though. It's in their blood to claim to be heroes and turn out to be persecutors. After all, they are Right Wing Republicans!

    February 3, 2010 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  22. Mark in PA

    How dare these elected senators and congressmen support special rights for heterosexuals. They make me sick.

    February 3, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Mike in Texas

    Funny. Republicans say government should stay out of people's lives but now they want to stick their noses in someone elses business?

    Typical hyprocrites.

    Do as I say not as I do. These rules only apply when it benefits my beliefs.

    February 3, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Rick

    What if Jesus were gay, would it change things. He spent most of his time with men.

    February 3, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. Michael from Ventura

    The gop is always on the side of going backwards instead of forward. That's why their numbers continue to diminish. They are out of touch with the majority of Americans and what is right. They will never increase their numbers with thinking like this- and for sure-DC is NOT Utah!

    February 3, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
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