D.C. Court of Appeals to Hear Arguments Challenging Gay Marriage

The D.C. Court of Appeals is to hear arguments today over a ballot initiative that would allow a voter referendum on same-sex marriage, the AP reports:

Dc "In January, a D.C. Superior Court judge threw out a lawsuit by a Maryland pastor who wanted to put a measure on the D.C. ballot to define marriage as between a man and a woman. Bishop Harry Jackson sued after the Board of Elections and Ethics refused to approve the ballot initiative, saying it would violate the city's Human Rights Act. The judge said the city was right.

Tuesday's appeals court hearing will be before the full court. It's rare for all of the judges to hear a case before it has been heard by a three-judge appeals panel, particularly when the lawyers in the case didn't request the en banc hearing."

The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is holding a rally outside the court this morning with Jackson and officials from Stand4Marriage DC, the group that has been working to destroy equality in the nation's capital.


  1. says

    Thanks for the info Andy. Somehow I doubt very much that the new queen of mean (Maggie Gallagher who recently stepped down, but is still woking with NOM) Bishop Jackson or any of their cohorts of homophobes will turn back the progress of same sex marriage made in D.C.

  2. Patric says

    Sorry to rain on your rally but NOM can’t be happy about these poll results out of New Hampshire, where NOM has been spending a fortune on commercials against Democratic Gov Lynch following his signature last year of a marriage equality bill.

    Lynch Holds Solid Lead in New Hampshire

    The latest WMUR/Granite State poll in New Hampshire finds Gov. John Lynch (D) leading challenger John Steven (R) by a solid margin, 49% to 32%.