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Washington DC To Have Gay Marriage By End Of 2009  
User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2464 times:

http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/...lk_nt63q2NPIotyM9xpL4hwkwD9B5RBFO0

Excellent news out of the District of Columbia today. A marriage equality bill was introduced in the City Council today with 10 co-sponsors (out of 13 members). Mayor Fenty has long said that he would sign such a bill. Under Home Rule, Congress has 30 legislative days to pass a joint resolution (that would have to be signed by President Obama) to reverse the City Council decision. The bill sponsors hope to have a vote on it before Christmas. Finally, attempts to force a popular referendum on the issue have failed in the past as DC's Human Rights Act does not allow popular referendums on matters of human rights.

I am personally extremely proud to be a resident of the District of Columbia today.

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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19738 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2450 times:

*Jealous*

But if out nation's capital...  Smile Future is bright!


User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 2, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2436 times:



Quoting RJpieces (Thread starter):

I am personally extremely proud to be a resident of the District of Columbia today.

Same here!  bigthumbsup 

But the battle doesn't end with the District, that's why I'll be there for the march this weekend...

http://equalityacrossamerica.org/march


User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13116 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 2435 times:

First of all, the Congress will find some way to ignore this bill or all Republicans and enough Democrats will want to stay away from this bill for miles. If somehow it does pass and Pres. Obama signs it, then he will have to end DADT as to the Military, and eventually will lead the Federal government to recognize in all laws same-gender marriages.

User currently offlinePellegrine From France, joined Mar 2007, 2449 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 2414 times:

Very Cool. I'm sure all the DC gays are loving this.


oh boy!!!
User currently offlineD L X From United States of America, joined May 1999, 11363 posts, RR: 52
Reply 5, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2393 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 1):
But if out nation's capital...

Typo?

I wonder what pressure this will have in Virginia.



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21643 posts, RR: 55
Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2386 times:

No way Congress or Obama shoots this down. Congratulations to DC!!

-Mir



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User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2371 times:

While I don't swing that way, that's hopefully a sign of more openness and tolerance about that issue. I'd like to see it extend nationwide. I'm sick of seeing ultra-right-wing-bible-thumping-bigots bitching about something which, IMO, is a non-issue to them and non of their business anyways.

User currently offlineOA412 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 5279 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

Excellent news. Congratulations to those of you in DC.  champagne 


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User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 2304 times:



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 3):
First of all, the Congress will find some way to ignore this bill or all Republicans and enough Democrats will want to stay away from this bill for miles. If somehow it does pass and Pres. Obama signs it, then he will have to end DADT as to the Military, and eventually will lead the Federal government to recognize in all laws same-gender marriages.

I don't think you followed my original post. Congress and President Obama do not have to sign anything; they would only have to pass a bill and sign it if they are trying to reverse the City Council decision (which is very unlikely to happen).

This has nothing to do with Don't Ask, Don't Tell. As for federal government recogntion, that will not change with this bill. All of the gay marriages performed in Mass., Connecticut, etc are not recognized by the federal government for tax purposes, etc. Hope this clears it up.

Quoting D L X (Reply 5):
I wonder what pressure this will have in Virginia.

More likely to have a positive effect on Maryland...


User currently offlineSeptember11 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 3623 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 2273 times:

Good for the District of Columbia !!


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19738 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2245 times:



Quoting FLY2HMO (Reply 7):
While I don't swing that way,

Yeah, about that... Jury's still out.  duck 


User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2244 times:

Good to see some positive initiative being taken in this matter!


Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13116 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2229 times:



Quoting RJpieces (Reply 9):
Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 3):
First of all, the Congress will find some way to ignore this bill or all Republicans and enough Democrats will want to stay away from this bill for miles. If somehow it does pass and Pres. Obama signs it, then he will have to end DADT as to the Military, and eventually will lead the Federal government to recognize in all laws same-gender marriages.

I don't think you followed my original post. Congress and President Obama do not have to sign anything; they would only have to pass a bill and sign it if they are trying to reverse the City Council decision (which is very unlikely to happen).

This has nothing to do with Don't Ask, Don't Tell. As for federal government recogntion, that will not change with this bill. All of the gay marriages performed in Mass., Connecticut, etc are not recognized by the federal government for tax purposes, etc. Hope this clears it up.

Quoting D L X (Reply 5):
I wonder what pressure this will have in Virginia.

More likely to have a positive effect on Maryland...

I stand corrected.
Still, and with that correction, I suspect that some Repubicans will try to push for a reversal bill and extort Pres. Obama to sign it. I also suspect that if the DC law is accepted it would set a significant precident and put pressure on the President to end DADT.


User currently offlineFLY2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2203 times:



Quoting DocLightning (Reply 11):
Yeah, about that... Jury's still out.

I have several female witnesses of my straightness thank you very much.  mischievous 


User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6818 posts, RR: 34
Reply 15, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2203 times:

Because DC certainly doesn't have more pressing important issues...

User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19738 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 2198 times:



Quoting Slider (Reply 15):
Because DC certainly doesn't have more pressing important issues...

Than basic civil rights and equal treatment under the law for all? Nothing is more important than that. NOTHING.


User currently offlineMham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3653 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2147 times:

Why is it ok to deny single people the same "human rights" as gays?

User currently offlineSan747 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 4943 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 2142 times:



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 20):
Why is it ok to deny single people the same "human rights" as gays?

I don't understand. Can you elaborate?



Scotty doesn't know...
User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2131 times:



Quoting LTBEWR (Reply 13):
I suspect that some Repubicans will try to push for a reversal bill and extort Pres. Obama to sign it. I also suspect that if the DC law is accepted it would set a significant precident and put pressure on the President to end DADT

Lots of you are forgetting Obama is against gay marriage aren't you? Besides he has far more pressing things right now and at the end of the day this is a state thing, not a federal thing.


User currently offlineRJpieces From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2119 times:



Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 24):
Besides he has far more pressing things right now and at the end of the day this is a state thing, not a federal thing.

Well yes it is clearly a state thing, but the federal government does not recognize gay marriages that are legally performed in states that allow it, so there is also a federal component to the issue.


User currently offlineCharles79 From Puerto Rico, joined Mar 2007, 1331 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 2136 times:



Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 24):
Lots of you are forgetting Obama is against gay marriage aren't you?

No we are not, he's been very clear on this issue in the past and is one of the reasons why we are holding a march in DC this coming weekend.

Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 24):
at the end of the day this is a state thing, not a federal thing.

DC is not a state, falls directly under Congress' jurisdiction per the Constitution, that's why Congress (and ultimately the President) could get involved in the district's decisions.

Having said that, gay marriage is also a federal "thing" as without federal recognition we won't be afforded certain benefits at the federal level (like federal tax benefits or serving in the military, etc).

Quoting Mham001 (Reply 20):
Why is it ok to deny single people the same "human rights" as gays?

Uh?  Confused


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19738 posts, RR: 59
Reply 22, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2135 times:



Quoting Mham001 (Reply 20):
Why is it ok to deny single people the same "human rights" as gays?

Can I have some of what you're smoking? Any single person has access to marriage benefits. All you have to do is get married!


User currently offlineNIKV69 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2128 times:



Quoting Charles79 (Reply 26):
DC is not a state, falls directly under Congress' jurisdiction per the Constitution, that's why Congress (and ultimately the President) could get involved in the district's decisions.

I know this but even Obama isn't stupid enough to get involved in this as far as DC goes. It will pass and won't be opposed as for the other 50 states leave it up to them.

Quoting Charles79 (Reply 26):
Having said that, gay marriage is also a federal "thing" as without federal recognition we won't be afforded certain benefits at the federal level (like federal tax benefits or serving in the military, etc).

Taxes? I thought the object of gay marriage was you wanted to be able to marry your partner? Again marriage is handled by state laws and should be left as such. Not sure why you want to drag Obama into this, it's going to hurt him and he doesn't need any more of that lately. He is getting slaughtered.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19738 posts, RR: 59
Reply 24, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 2125 times:



Quoting NIKV69 (Reply 28):
Not sure why you want to drag Obama into this,

Because I got fed up at Clinton over this. He talked the talk, but when it came time to do things for gay rights, we got swept under the rug. So yeah, I do want to call Obama on his word. We voted him in. Is he interested in keeping our vote?


25 NIKV69 : Why can't you understand that it is not an issue for the WH? It's up to each individual state on how the laws governing marriage will go. You knew Ob
26 OA412 : Who in this country other than gays is denied the right to marry?
27 N867DA : Since marriage is essentially a legal construct these days (two people can live together intimately their entire lives and never marry) it makes sens
28 DocLightning : No, because the Equal Protection clause is found in the Federal Constitution. Yes, he did. And in the next sentence basically that he wanted to legal
29 RJpieces : Ehhh, I wouldn't put that much faith in Obama. Don't treat him like some kind of liberal messiah--take him at his word on some things. Gays always ha
30 Mt99 : While much of the gay population would love believe everything Obama says, everyone alson know that he does have his political hands tied to do certa
31 NIKV69 : True but most of the laws governing it are state and not federal. Understood but again it will boil down to the state voting on it not him or the con
32 Mt99 : Procedurally yes.. But you are saying that the POTUS does not inherently does not carry a sense "direction" when he/she would speak. The POTUS words
33 RJpieces : You are ignoring what everyone has said in reply to this. There is a federal component to gay marriage that needs to eventually be addressed. Obama c
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