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Sorry Mr. Jackson: D.C.’s Out-of-State Marriage Law Stands


First the D.C. City Council approved a measure to recognize same-sex marriages that are legal in other jurisdictions. Then Councilman Marion Barry led an effort to repeal the law. Then a congressman tried to get the House to kill it. And all along crazypants Rev. Harry Jackson was trying to get a religion-based opposition movement started. And now, another blow to marriage opponents: A judge refused to issue an injunction to stay the law while they tried to get a referendum to voters. And then the judge went a step further than just shooting down the effort: “At bottom, the harm about which petitioners complain is not based on a denial of the right to referendum,” wrote Superior Court Judge Judith Retchin. “Rather, they simply disagree with legislation enacted by our duly-elected [D.C. City] Council. A citizen’s disagreement with constitutionally sound legislation, whether based on political, religious or moral views, does not rise to the level of an actionable harm.” LOL, right?

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