Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Sue to Get Bill on Ballot

Utah congressman asks Fenty to support legislation

By Asha Beh
|  Wednesday, Nov 18, 2009  |  Updated 3:30 PM EDT
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Same-Sex Marriage Opponents Sue to Get Bill on Ballot

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Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah)

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Supporters of a measure to ban same-sex marriage in Washington have filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court in a bid to get their initiative on the 2010 ballot.

A Utah Republican has jumped on the anti-gay marriage bandwagon too, going so far as to ask D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty and city council chairman Vincent Gray on Tuesday to support letting voters weigh in on the issue. When they said no, he told them he was "disappointed."

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) might still be chafing after Salt Lake City leaders passed Utah's first gay rights law and two GOP lawmakers in the state said they will sponsor a pair of gay rights bill next year.  

The D.C. lawsuit, meanwhile, challenges a ruling of the Board of Elections and Ethics, which said the initiative could not go on the ballot. The board ruled Tuesday that putting the measure on the ballot would violate a city human rights law.

Lawyers for the Alliance Defense Fund and Stand4MarriageDC have argued that the board's reasoning is invalid.

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