February 3rd, 2010
05:20 PM ET
13 years ago

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/03/art.bennett.0203.gi.jpg caption="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.

Filed under: Same-sex marriage
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. james

    People are born gay. Period. Dont start with your bible crap here.

    EVERYONE deserve the SAME RIGHT to marry! It is so funny that here is a MORMON, fighting the right marry, yet his own family has PALGMY! DOuble standard!

    People, its about LOVE. Period. If you think gay marrige is going to reck traditional marriage then you need to get help! That mean's your own marriage is not strong. Period!

    February 3, 2010 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  2. jules sand-perkins

    I understand that some persons' religions are opposed to same-sex marriage and even to civil unions.
    My religion is not.
    Is there a new State Religion we all have to join and obey?
    Where are its churches or mosques, that I may go and worship there too?

    February 3, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  3. El Kababa

    So much for local control. Conservatives talk a lot about it, but they don't meant it. Whenever any local government does anything they don't like, they go federal. Another example: when the Florida court wanted to recount Florida votes, Conservatives ran to the five Republican political hacks on the Supreme Court, who obligingly overturned the election.

    Q: How can you tell when a Conservative is lying?
    A: If he's breathing.

    February 3, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
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