Republicans Ask to Allow D.C. Referendum on Gay Marriage

Posted January 7, 2010 at 4:39pm

Two GOP Senators and 37 House Members filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the D.C. Superior Court this week to request voters be given the chance to vote on whether gay marriage should be legal in the nation’s capital.

The D.C. Council passed a bill last month that would make same-sex marriage legal in the District of Columbia. Mayor Adrian Fenty signed the bill shortly after it passed.

In the amicus brief, lawmakers — including House Minority Leader John Boehner (Ohio), House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (Va.) and Republican Conference Chairman Mike Pence (Ind.) — said that the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics overreached when it ruled that a ballot initiative would violate the District’s human rights law and called for the board’s decision to be overturned.

Congress has 30 legislative days to review the bill, but it is unlikely that a Democratic-controlled Congress would take up a stand-alone resolution of disapproval that would overturn the law.

Other Republican lawmakers listed in the brief are: Sens. James Inhofe (Okla.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.), and Reps. Robert Aderholt (Ala.), Todd Akin (Mo.), Michele Bachmann (Minn.), Gresham Barrett (S.C.), Roscoe Bartlett (Md.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), John Boozman (Ark.), Jason Chaffetz (Utah), John Fleming (La.), Randy Forbes (Va.), Virginia Foxx (N.C.), Scott Garrett (N.J.), Phil Gingrey (Ga.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Jeb Hensarling (Texas), Wally Herger (Calif.), Walter Jones Jr. (N.C.), Jim Jordan (Ohio), Steve King (Iowa), Jack Kingston (Ga.), John Kline (Minn.), Doug Lamborn (Colo.), Bob Latta (Ohio), Don Manzullo (Ill.), Michael McCaul (Texas), Thaddeus McCotter (Mich.), Patrick McHenry (N.C.), Cathy McMorris Rodgers (Wash.), Jeff Miller (Fla.), Jerry Moran (Kan.), Randy Neugebauer (Texas), Joe Pitts (Pa.), Mark Souder (Ind.) and Todd Tiahrt (Kan.).