WASHINGTON -- Eight people have filed a request to hold a ballot initiative that would define marriage in D.C. as only between a man and a woman.
D.C. Council voted in May to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere. Legislation to legalize same-sex marriages in D.C. is expected to be introduced this fall.
The elections board in June blocked a request by Jackson to hold a referendum on whether D.C. should recognize gay marriages performed outside of Washington. They said a referendum would authorize discrimination based on sexual orientation, which is prohibited under D.C.'s Human Rights Act.