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D.C Council Legalizes Gay Marriage, Opponents Plan To Appeal To Congress

January 7, 2010 by  

D.C Council legalizes gay marriage, opponents plan to appeal to CongressThe District of Columbia City Council has voted to legalize gay marriage, making the nation’s capital the sixth jurisdiction to allow such unions, and the first below the Mason-Dixon Line.

The council passed the measure by an 11-2 vote, giving same-sex marriage supporters a victory after a trying two months where they saw several states defeat similar legislation.

In November, Maine voted to overturn the state’s previously ratified gay marriage law. In December, the New York State Senate overwhelmingly rejected a same-sex marriage bill only a week after the state’s Supreme Court ruled that gay couples married elsewhere were entitled to government benefits.

Even though D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty has promised to sign-off on the bill, it will not become law until Congress concludes a 30-day review of the legislation later in January.

Opponents of same-sex marriage refused to accept the decision and vowed to spend the next month urging Congress to repeal the law.

"God’s war has just started," said community activist Bob King, quoted by The Washington Post. "Shame on them. We’re going to get to the ballot box through either the courts or the Congress. So tell everyone, don’t let the marriage licenses start flowing."

Cleta Mitchell, attorney for the conservative group Stand4Marrriage, said it plans to ask a district elections board to put a referendum on the ballot asking voters to overturn the law.

She said in a statement before the vote that the law is a "decision for the people, not a dozen people at city hall," quoted by the Associated Press (AP).
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  • Robert

    So let them get married. Perhaps they’ll me the same fate as Rock Hudson. Died of botulism. You know, bad meat in the can.

    • Patrick

      Robert, That sure was a lame attempt at humor. Too bad bigots aren’t very funny. Have fun sitting in your single wide and picking at your last remaining baked bean looking tooth.

      • Robert

        Thank you very much. I’ll keep your comments in mind next time I’m on the throne.

    • Julie

      Morality indeed, Robert.

      Morality indeed.

      May God have mercy on your (words removed for offensive content).

      • Robert

        Yo! Julie. You have a PHD or something? Take gas!

        • Joe H.

          Robert,
          Ypu she’s got a P.H.D.!!!! Stands for Piled Higher and Deeper!!!

  • Anonymous

    Hey, Republicans!

    From the words of one of your precious founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin:

    “Democracy is two wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch. Liberty is a well-armed lamb contesting the vote.”

    Letting people vote on minority rights just leads to their rights being squashed. Why do you think the Constitution is in place? It’s not to protect your precious guns, it’s to protect the rights of those who might be harmed through a tyranny of the majority.

    • DaveH

      Very good point Anonymous. We musn’t be diverted by these side-shows. The problem is out of control Big Government.

      • Robert

        And the Ulta Right Liberals can’t see a joke whether it’d in poor taste or not. I still think I have the right to say what I want according to the first amendment as long as I’m not threating another American’s right to free speech. As far as gay marriage is concerned, I really don’t care as long as you don’t force it on me. To each their own. Me, I like the opposite sex. Plain and simple. The bible in genisis say Moses begat hundreds of offspring. I guess he liked women also. God bless Moses.

        • Joe H.

          Robert,
          Ultra RIGHT LIBERALS?!?!?!?

  • Wake Up / Smell the coffee

    Cleta Mitchell obviously needs to understand the United States and its Constituion. Our Government was not designed for the people to have direct vote, except in the case of elections. Cleta obviously doesn’t understand that we elect people to make these types of decisions and that this country was not founded on “the tyranny of the majority” Perhaps Cleta should give up her citizenship and find a country that is more in line with her and her client’s thinking, because, I don’t know about the rest of you, I will fight for what our forefathers fought for and this type of crap was not it!!

    • Decaff Please

      Does anyone find it ironic that we have destroyed the public education system in this country – and this is an effect? We’ve empowered the manipulation of the masses because they are not educated enough to even understand our own government or how it works. Another example of this is the Bush Era Term, “Activist Judges”. If you have taken a US Government Class at all, you know that there is no such thing as it is the overall balance of power as set fourth in our US Constitution.

      • DaveH

        Judges are supposed to judge the Law, not make it.
        Do you really want unelected life-term Judges deciding how this country should be run?

        • Wake Up / Smell the coffee

          Actually Dave, your statement in inaccurate. The role of the judiciary is to “interpret” the law, and the Supreme Court interprets the constitutionality of any given law. If a law is determined to be unconstitutional, then by virtue of the interpretation, the law becomes null and void which may allow a reversal of that law. That is NOT legislating law, that is interpreting and correcting. I don’t know if you are aware, buyt according to the United States Constituion, the US Supreme Court has the final say.

  • DaveH

    For the Gays who aren’t thieves:
    The Libertarian Party respects your Freedom if you respect the Freedom of others. We stand for Individual Liberty, Individual Responsibility, and Limited Government.
    http://libertarianparty.org/platform

    • DaveH

      I should add:
      If you want to rescind laws that purposely discriminate against Gays, I’m for it. But if you want to create laws giving you special protections, stay with the Democrats.

    • Decaff Please

      For the gays who are not thieves? ummmm….wanna explain that one? Sounds like an uneducated generalization to me…..

      • DaveH

        Sure, the typical Liberal wants to share the money and property of others. Whether you vote in a gang of 3 to take a fellow’s money or vote in a gang of 100 million, it is still theft.
        As far as your education goes, don’t confuse rationalization with intelligence.

        • Wake Up / Smell the coffee

          Dave H, thanks for the attempt of an explanation, but you still haven’t explained why you have “gay” and “thieves” in the same sentence. And doesn’t the preamble to the constitution state that part of the government’s responsiblity is to “promote the general welfare”? As far as your education, it might help you to know that capitalism didn’t exist in our forefather’s time. As a matter of fact, taxation in general wasn’t part of our forefather’s plan nor was it part of the start of this country, so the pigs you are supporting are the actual theives. I suppose you believe that FDR was a thief as well? The crash of 29 as well as the one of today is a product of the thieves you are supporting.

          • realbigal

            If Wake Up/Smell the Coffee means President Franklin Roosevelt when he references “FDR”, then yes, Roosevelt was a thief, the very worst kind, a commuthief who uses government to steal from people, then also reduces their freedom, and expects to be worshipped. He was an elitist criminal of the biggest magnitude. And today, government is still out of control, at all levels.

          • Michael J.

            Wake Up/Smell the coffee, In an effort to enlighten you in your obvious need for further education, I will have you know that Woodrow Wilson, a Progressive Liberal was the pig you seek as the one responsible for helping create the Federal Reserve Act and the Internal revenue Code of 1913.
            And since you mentioned FDR, Yes, it’s no coincidence that the 29 crash happened 16 years after the creation of “The Creature of Jekyl Island” (The Fed). And yes it’s no coincidence the manufactured crisis lasted nine years instead of the usual 18 months that it nomally takes for a recession to run it’s course. Just as today’s crisis, it’s duration was artificially enhanced so that fundamental changes could be installed in the economy. Gee, where have I heard that before?
            Likewise not coincidentally, the current recession was created in the image and likeness of Obama’s mentor, FDR. Obama’s sidekick Rahm Emanuel is fond of saying “Never let a good crisis go to waste” which to me and many others is proof positive of the manipulation.
            Maybe you should indeed wake up and smell the coffee.

  • shadow_man

    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/

    • http://naver sook young

      Sorry, but being a psych nurse for 23 years can tell you that you are wrong. The DNA and psychological studies on gays have already been disproven. Thank you.

      Sook Young
      Wife of the Samurai

  • shadow_man

    And it should also be noted that:
    “It is worth noting that many medical and scientific organisations do believe it is impossible to change a person’s sexual orientation and this is displayed in a statement by American Academy of Pediatrics, American Counseling Association, American Association of School Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American Psychiatric Association, American Psychological Association, American School Health Association, Interfaith Alliance Foundation, National Association of School Psychologists, National Association of Social Workers, and National Education Association.”

  • shadow_man

    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/romans_inter.html
    ***.stjohnsmcc.org/new/BibleAbuse/BiblicalReferences.php
    ***.gaychristian101.com/

    • http://www.chandostransport@eastlink.ca Graeme B

      They also refer to Beastiality, Incest, Lesbianism and last but not least, Homosexuality. Read Leviticus 18 and tell us otherwise! Read Romans 1 and tell us otherwise.

      • http://www.chandostransport@eastlink.ca Graeme B

        I forgot about Sodom and Gohmorah. It’s strange how we use the sodomy as a derivation of these twin cities acts which we are told were destroyed because of inhospitality!!

        • shadow_man

          Now let’s examine the Sodom story:

          The Sodom Story – Genesis 19:1-29
          Homophobic Viewpoint: “Sodom was destroyed because of homosexuality.”
          Scriptural Viewpoint: Sodom was a lush beautiful region of land whose inhabitants had known the goodness of God. Despite their exposure to, experience with, and witness of the one true loving Creator, the people of Sodom had rejected a relationship with God, and turned to numerous types of idolatry. When God’s messengers were sent to the city, the men of Sodom responded by threatening the ultimate act of violent abuse, murder, disrespect and humiliation. They were going to RAPE God’s representatives.

          All other Old and New Testament references to Sodom involved the sins of idolatry, inhospitality, indifference toward the poor and the rejection of God’s messengers. There are NO REFERENCES to same sex acts or HOMOSEXUALITY.

          How you get consenting acts between to people of the same sex out of all of that is simply laughable.

          • http://naver sook young

            You are very wrong and are not a Christian. Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

      • shadow_man

        Ahhh, you’re trying to twist God’s words to condone your bigotry. Let’s examine the proper interpretations of Leviticus:

        Leviticus 18:22:
        “You shall not lie with a male as those who lie with a female; it is an abomination.”

        Leviticus 20:13:
        “If a man lies with a male as those who lie with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and they shall surely be put to death.”

        Both of these verses refer to heterosexuals who participated in fertility rituals in order to guarantee good crops and healthy flocks, not homosexuals, there is absolutely no mention of sexual orientation or homosexuality. Also, the word abomination was used for anything that was considered to be religiously unclean or dealing with any type idol worship.

        The Hebrew word “toevah” was used in Leviticus 18:22 and Leviticus 20:13. “Toevah” has been translated in our Bibles as “abomination” or “detestable”. The “toevah” was used throughout the Old Testament for activity involving ethnic contamination and religious idolatry. “Toevah” refers to things that were ritually unclean – like eating pork.

        It is significant that another Hebrew word, “zimah,” also translated “abomination,” which means intrinsic evil or evil by its very nature, was not used in Leviticus 18:22, or Leviticus 20:13.

        It is also significant that female homosexual relationships are not mentioned in the old testament. That’s because they aren’t talking about sexual orientation, they are talking about idolatrous practices.

        Also, since you like Leviticus so much, shall i ask, do you wear mixed fabrics, stone your kids, endorse slavery and the subjugation of women, eat shellfish?

        • http://naver sook young

          Wrong again! Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

  • Rebecca

    Shadow-man…I don’t see a response from you regarding Romans in the New Testament that was referenced where Paul delivers God’s Word very clearly on homosexuality. He states that if these individuals do not repent (turn away from that lifestyle)of that sin He will turn them over to a reprobate mind. This means that God will leave them to enjoy their sin here on earth, but will judge them in the afterlife. This isn’t the only sin addressed here for sure. Therefore, God isn’t picking on homosexuality but is addressing a number of sexual sins and even sins of laziness, overindulgence and so on. God loves the homosexual, the man that cheats on his wife, the man that drinks alcohol in excess, the man that gambles, the man that will not work to support his family, etc. God is willing to forgive any of these sins but they will be judged. Sin is sin. Plain and simple.

    • Decaff Please

      Well Rebecca, if it was such a sin, why didn’t Jesus say a word about it?

      Let’s let God be the judge, and you and others worry about your own life and not so much others. Go get a big dose of Matthew 7:7.

    • coal miner

      Rebecca,

      Most of the Bible,about 99% of it, is base on myths borrowed from ancient wisdoms.Shadow_Man, you have a good point.Scientific evidence is backing up what you said.

    • shadow_man

      Rebecca: That’s because that person didn’t bring it up. But if you want to talk about Romans, that also had nothing to do with homosexuality.

      Letters from the Apostle Paul Romans 1:26-27
      If taken out of context, this passage seems to condemn homosexuals. However, when Romans 1:26-27 is considered within the context of Romans 1:16 through Romans 2:16, the Scriptures clearly present a different teaching.

      Paul was writing to the church in Rome. The Roman church had become troubled by divisions related to spiritual pride. Paul was addressing the Christians in Rome and teaching about the pagans in Rome. After declaring the power of Christ’s gospel to save all, he pointed out that the religious people of Rome had refused to even acknowledge GOD as one of their many gods. They had turned their backs on the one true living God and worshiped handmade idols. Paul explained that as a result of their idolatry, every part of their lives had become corrupt and vile.

      Paul then told the Roman Christians that they were not to judge others. To judge others is to condemn yourself (Romans 2:1). Christians are to love others out of their brokenness and into the healing wholeness that is found in Jesus Christ.

      The Greek word Paul used, that has been translated in our Bibles as “natural/unnatural”, relates to that which is against one’s own inherent nature (i.e., heterosexuals engaging in homosexual acts). It was also related to Paul’s concept of what was culturally acceptable. The same Greek word is used in I Cor. 11:14-15 in reference to correct hair length for men and women and in Gal. 2:15 in reference to Jews and Gentiles who were such by “nature.” Paul emphasized that IDOLATRY (not homosexuality) was the evil which resulted in temple prostitution, sadomasochism, and lack of regard for others.

      Homosexuality was not the sin in Romans. Go ahead and bring up Corinthians. That’s the verse thats most laughable when its twisted :)

      • Joe H.

        shadow,
        Why don’t you address her point??? She didn’t say a thing about Leviticus!!!!

      • Jana

        Shadow,
        You stated: “Rebecca: That’s because that person didn’t bring it up. But if you want to talk about Romans, that also had nothing to do with homosexuality.”

        You are wrong. You focused in on the word natural.Of course we know the word “Nature” is the same in Romans as well as in 1Cor. and Galations.

        The Bible states:
        Rom 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men….
        Rom 1:24-25 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: (25) Who changed the truth of God into a lie,……

        You are correct in that we should not judge someone as in condemning them to a sentence of hell or damnation, but that isn’t in our power anyway, as that is God’s power and job, not ours. The Bible warns us not to try to usurp God’s authority.

        However Shadow, the Bible does give us a set of laws and rules that we are to abide by, which guides us between right and wrong. We are to use that to make discernments and judgments that we are to live by and know when something is wrong so that we will not engage in this wrong activity ourselves.

        Shadow, whatever you do in the privacy of your own bedroom is up to you. You and your gay lover can make any commitment to each other that you want. You can also go to a lawyer and have your will drawn up and have legal papers so that you are protected. All you gays are crying that you can’t go to the hospital and make decisions in an emergency situation. Sure you can. I am married, but still have to have those same papers drawn up to have Power of Attorney over my husband in emergency situations so that I can make life and death decisions for him as well as I have for my mother. He has had to do the same for me.

        The problem is you want to make everyone say it is alright to do perverted things. I don’t care what perversions you do, but I will not sanctify them and you are wrong for asking me to. I am not stopping you either, and by trying to make the Bible conform to your beliefs may convince you, but not those of us who know the Truth. This is still a free country and you can do what you choose.

        Rom 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools.

        • shadow_man

          Jana/Joe: Lol, did you not see my post right above yours regarding Romans? Romans had nothing to do with homosexuality. Paul was addressing the widespread idolatrous practices that was going on during that time period. But i’m not surprised, your side likes to ignore facts.

  • realbigal

    The only real Americanist position with regard to “gay” (queer or homosexual) marriage is as follows:

    Two (or more!!!!) consenting adults should be allowed to do whatever they want in their own private realm, as long as it does not steal from or enslave others. Of course, unwilling participants and children should be protected from their abominations. But marriage is between a man and a woman. What the homosexual couple (or group!!!) have when they try to imitate it is not marriage. Redefining marriage any other way is orwellian. And the worst possible situation is to allow government, at any level, to engage in orwellian redefinitions. The promotion of “gay” marriage is just part of the bigotry of insisting that people who are tolerant and willing to “live and let live” be forced into approving something because big brother society says that they should. It is amazing how many people who insist on tolerance from others, aren’t satisfied to accept that tolerance when given, butpush further and demand approval. Mighty intolerant, eh?

    • shadow_man

      That’s where you’re wrong. It’s not redefining heterosexual marriage at all because it has no effect on your straight marriage. Second, marriage has been changed may times in the past. Marriage used to be a white man and white woman, black man and black woman, etc. Interracial marriage was seen as immoral, unnatural, and sinful. Marriage also forced women to be property of men. Marriage has changed many times for the greater good. It is you who is behind the times.

      Remember, if it wasn’t for the government and activist judges that you anti-gays keep whining about, we’d still have racial segregation, interracial marriage would still be outlawed, slavery would still exist, and women would not be able to vote. And yes, its a similar thing. Just like you can’t change your skin color or ethnicity, you can’t change whom you are sexually attracted to, assuming you are straight or gay.

      • Joe H.

        Shadow,
        Yes it has been changed, but the one solid point to the contract of marriage is that it has been between a man and a woman!!! Black,yellow, Pink, or purple!!!!

        • shadow_man

          Yes, but that will soon be changed for the greater good, as we eliminate ignorance on sexual orientation. The thing is, are you going to hop on the progressive train, or be left behind like the racists?

          • http://naver samurai

            Too much kool aid. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Curtis

    Shadow Man – about this point in the discussion, once you’re exposed the weakness in the mythological/biblical arguments and once you’ve exposed the intolerance hiding behind the “marriage is for men to women” argument (because ALL marriages MUST produce children). All that’s left are the inevitable claims that this will lead to weddings based in polygamy, pedophilia and/or bestiality.

    • Jana

      Curtis, there has been no exposed weakness, all he has succeeded in doing is distorting truth.

      • shadow_man

        It’s funny Jana. First you say i didn’t mention Romans, when the post right above yours talks about it’s interpretation. So i caught you in a blantant lie. Then you say i distort the truth, yet fail to prove how or fail to disprove any of the links i posted. That’s why your anti-gay side will lose in the end. You rely on ignorance, half-truths, distortion of the truth, lies, and scare tactics, all of which will fail once people become more educated on homosexuality, and realize there’s nothing wrong with it.

        • coal miner

          Shadow_man

          The latest research now belives homosexuality can start as early as the ages one and five years old.Response?

          • shadow_man

            And where exactly is this research?

  • Curtis

    Oops the should read “…once YOU’VE exposed the weakness…”

  • straightword

    We need to call it what it is. It is Homosexualality, they are sodomites and lesbeins. They are not gay, gay means happy. If they were happy they would conduct themselves within the bounderies of their nature, male and female. But the unhappyness lie’s within the fact that they wont accept their gender, so they bend it and expect the rest of society to like it and accept it. It is plain nasty, foul and unatural. Where does it stop, next in line for rights are those who want to marry children or even animals. Do the research, homosexuals and lesbians are in your government now. The president signed a declaration to declare June of 2010 officially gay lesbian transgender month.(look it up on the white house web site) When you have parades in your city of all these foul persons publicly kissing and dancing and exposing the foulness that they practice you may wake up then, they will be protected from your protests and moral dignity and you will eventually be prosecuted for hate crimes. This nation is headed for anything goes. There is even a bill trying to be passed to lower the age of consentual sex to the age of 14, now why would government officials want to pass such a law. Senior technical advisor to the department of commerce is Amanda Simpson, the first transgender person to be appointed by the new washington administration. Do the math, there is a motive. God Help us, and God have mercy on the USA.

    • shadow_man

      Obvious troll is obvious.

  • everett

    gays not a Biblical marriage, but “sodomy” union which Bible warns about.

    Now the separation of religion and state has been violated !!!

    homo is but preversion of thinking, so one thinks will be the way one become. think unatural preversion and become such to detriment of society.

    Such shows the end days of the great empire called america are here.

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