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Another Victory for Marriage Equality in DC

July 15, 2010

The DC Court of Appeals today upheld a lower court’s decision that same-sex marriage in DC should not be put to a referendum.  From the Washington Post:

The judges ruled that they think the council would not have authorized “any initiative” that would have discriminated against residents and violated the Human Rights Act. The judges also wrote that the board “correctly determined that the proposed initiative would have the effect of authorizing such discrimination.”

The suit was brought by Bishop Harry Jackson (who lives in Maryland and doesn’t believe in hate crimes protections for LGBT people) and they’ve said they will take this to the Supreme Court.  The Court, of course, gets to choose which cases it hears.

One frequent argument that Jackson and others make is that residents of the District are being denied their vote.  It’s a nice talking point, but I’d rather they put this energy towards getting DC a vote in Congress.

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