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Mormon Congressman Opposes D.C. Council Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Following yesterday's passage by the D.C. Council of a measure that would recognize same-sex unions performed elsewhere, ex-con and former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry, who was the sole vote against the measure, declared: "All hell is going to break lose. We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this."

Chaffetz Barry has some allies in Congress, the Washington Post reports:

"At least one GOP member said yesterday that he will try to block the bill from becoming law. 'Some things are worth fighting for, and this is one of them,' said Rep. Jason Chaffetz (Utah), the ranking Republican on a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee that oversees the District. '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.' Several council members and gay rights advocates are hopeful that the Democratic majorities in the House and Senate will be able to stop congressional intervention. 'I do not believe that a serious attempt to overturn the council bill will be made or will be successful,' said Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who praised the council's decision.

Congress has 30 days to review District legislation: "The bill could present the House and Senate with their biggest test on the same-sex marriage issue since Congress approved the Defense of Marriage Act in 1996. "

(via americablog)

An AP video report on the bill's passage, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Did I hallucinate or did I see that the latest polls hows the majority of Americans are actually for gay marriage (or at least not opposed to it) now?

    Posted by: MT | May 6, 2009 10:50:31 AM

  2. I am happy that Marion Barry, belatedly and absentmindedly, voted against marriage equality. That guy is so corrupt I don't even want his support.

    Posted by: Andrew K | May 6, 2009 10:51:49 AM

  3. Marion Barry *WANTS* a war i think. heck, bring it on. I'm not afraid to stand up to him or whoever else feels like fighting against this.

    Posted by: liz templin | May 6, 2009 10:52:37 AM

  4. Why doesn't this dumb fuck just worry about Utah!

    Posted by: AJ | May 6, 2009 11:00:55 AM

  5. Mr. Chaffetz, you need to check your facts and not your Jeffe in the Mormon Church. You do not represent the majority of Americans. Get you head out of your ass, it stinks up there like your facts.

    Marion Barry? Seriously? A coke head, criminal is against same-sex marriage and deigns to speak for all Black Americans? NOM and the rest of the H8ters can have him. He's the perfect poster child for them. I can see Carrie Prejean and him in one commercial together. What a riot!

    Heterosexuality is not's just common.

    Posted by: woodroad34 | May 6, 2009 11:05:49 AM

  6. Barry was arrested doing crack with a whore, and he wants to talk about marriage?

    As for this Mormon prick Chaffetz, I saw him interviewed by Stephen Colbert and to say he is clueless is an insult to clueless people.

    Posted by: patrick nyc | May 6, 2009 11:09:49 AM

  7. I'm thinkin miss chaffetz has done some larry craig-style toe-tappin in her day.

    Posted by: wisebear | May 6, 2009 11:11:30 AM

  8. someone pass the crack pipe to Barry, he'll be just fine.

    Posted by: casey | May 6, 2009 11:11:54 AM

  9. Why isn't Marion Barry's religion listed before his office? Is he Baptist Mayor? Episcopal Mayor? Or are we all just supposed to get that he's "Black" Mayor Marion Barry?

    I wonder what Black Mayor Marion Barry thought about the Gay Fan who rushed on stage at Britney's concert? He was probably impressed by the way Gay Dancers and Straight Catholic security shuffled that Gay Fan out of there.

    Posted by: paul c | May 6, 2009 11:13:27 AM

  10. I don't think we need to worry about this. Such a bill would have to make it through two Democratically-controlled committees, come up for a vote in two Democratically-controlled legislative bodies, receive a favorable vote in two Democratically-controlled legislative bodies, and then receive a signature from a Democratic President.

    Very unlikely.

    Posted by: Pender | May 6, 2009 11:15:30 AM

  11. Eleanor, you're the best.

    Posted by: JeffRob | May 6, 2009 11:16:24 AM

  12. Am I imagining it, or is Utah getting his literary reference wrong? Isn't that passage from the poem, which I believe he is misquoting, about letting something slip into the oblivion of the night and disappear? If so, he seems to be saying that he won't let the legislation disappear and never be heard from again, as if he wants to save it, rather than saying that HE will not go down without making a lot of fuss about this council decision.

    Am I right about this, or is the devil in the parts of his quotation that are missing here?

    Posted by: A | May 6, 2009 11:25:35 AM

  13. A) Wisebear--I thought the same thing--he and Bojangles Craig probably have a lot in common.

    B) The fact that Congress still has the right to overturn DC laws is absurd.

    C) I also agree with Andrew K--we don't need supporters like Crackhead Berry.

    Posted by: troschne | May 6, 2009 11:35:05 AM

  14. He's misquoting Dylan Thomas's "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night."

    Posted by: Peter | May 6, 2009 11:35:21 AM

  15. Chaffetz has GAY FACE!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | May 6, 2009 11:36:33 AM

  16. I think we need to ban Mormon marriage. And Mormon proselytizing. Stop these evil people from reproducing and recruiting.

    Posted by: Kevinvt | May 6, 2009 11:57:00 AM

  17. Oh thats shocking news. Mormon against Gay Marriage. He might look cute in his magic undies though. LOL

    And as for Marion Barry. Its the people like him that are leading creedance to all the homophobic african american talk. Its getting quite out of hand now. The National Headquarters of NAACP really needs to be vocal NOW if its going to support the GLBT Community.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 6, 2009 11:59:54 AM

  18. It truly amazes me that an advocate for HOME RULE and Hell even DC Statehood that crackhead and ex-convict MArion Barry is looking to Congressional INTERVENTION on a local issue.

    This man continues to be an embarrasement to DC but also is a statement about those who continue to elect this tax-evading con.

    Posted by: MCnNYC | May 6, 2009 12:01:33 PM

  19. Funny how you hate those who don't agree with your persuasion....hmmmm isn't that what you accuse the other side of doing? Look at the vile descriptions and outbursts!

    Homosexuality is maladaptive. Stick to science. Nature discriminated against the gays first. Go head, throw a tantrum, wail and gnash with your teeth, you are not civil, ever.

    You will eventually get your marriage law, but you will never get respect or recognition. Instead, you have brought civil war back to our country.

    Posted by: Go Chaffets! | May 6, 2009 12:03:33 PM

  20. Is it me or does he look like some bastard relation of the Osmonds?

    Posted by: ggreen | May 6, 2009 12:10:16 PM

  21. Go away troll. You have no power here.

    Posted by: hank | May 6, 2009 12:11:56 PM

  22. MCnNYC

    Poof be gone you have no power here. Be gone before a house fall on you too......asshole.

    Posted by: Jeff | May 6, 2009 12:13:14 PM

  23. @Go Chaffets - "You will eventually get your marriage law, but you will never get respect or recognition. Instead, you have brought civil war back to our country."

    Uh...yeah...assuming that you are a Mormon like you not see the irony about the hate you just spewed? Good luck with your cluelessness.

    Posted by: paul c | May 6, 2009 12:22:39 PM

  24. PAUL C,

    Marion Barry was the "Black Mayor" of DC back in the 80s. Adrian Fenty is the "Black Mayor" of DC now, and he is risking his beautiful brown political ass by supporting gay marriage rights. He is standing up against black homophobes and idiots like Marion Barry.

    But I don't think Mayor Fenty, nor Eleanor Holmes Norton, nor all the black elected officials who support gay civil rights have any idea how many anti-black, bigoted white gays there are. I

    My, must be frustrating for those on this blog who enjoy insulting ALL black people to have to deal with this particular situation in DC: a situation where those who are against civil rights for gays are black, but those who are FOR civil rights for gays are also black. Frustrating, in that your racial slurs can't be directed at the "bad" ones without insulting the "good" ones also.

    Well, y'all keep trying. After all, you're of the same Aryan tribe that gave us Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, Oral Roberts, James Dobson, etc...oh, and that witch from North Carolina who said that Matthew Shepard's lynching was a hoax.

    Aryan homos rock!

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | May 6, 2009 12:35:28 PM

  25. Didn't I see Mormon boy at the Crew Club? Hmm ... ;)

    Posted by: Al | May 6, 2009 1:08:41 PM

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