Fighting Equality

Does Marion Barry Have Anti-Gay Marriage Allies In Congress?


Yes. Well, at least one. Washington D.C. City Council member Marion Barry’s flip-flopping on supporting legislation to recognize out-of-state same-sex marriages was followed up by the former disgraced mayor with calls of a coming “civil war” led by the “black community” and “ministers” who think gay marriage “is a sin.” Could he be right?

Barry, once seen as a gay rights advocate, maintains his supports for civil unions but refuses to pass the “marriage” threshold. Now he’s a champion for keeping “separate but equal” alive and well. And since Congress has 30 days to move on any law our capital city passes, his only hope is to find a sympathetic ear. Looks like he found one.

WaPo: “Some things are worth fighting for, and this is one of them,” says Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the top Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee, which oversees D.C. “It’s not something I can let go softly into the night. . . . I recognize the Democrats are in the majority, but I represent the majority of Americans on this issue.”

Should you be worried? Well, both houses of Congress are controlled by Democrats …