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Republicans To Push For A Federal Government Takeover Of D.C.’s Gay Marriage Law

By Igor Volsky on January 25, 2011 at 10:13 am

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Since the Supreme Court declined to hear their petition to challenge Washington D.C.’s 10-month-old same-sex marriage law, opponents of marriage equality are now going to try and challenge the ban in Congress, the Hill reports:

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), told The Hill that he will push for a vote on the controversial issue in the 112th Congress. The RSC has 175 members.

“I think RSC will push for it, and I’m certainly strongly for it. I don’t know if we’ve made a decision if I’ll do it or let another member do it, but I’m 100 percent for it,” Jordan said.

In the last Congress, Jordan was the lead sponsor on the D.C. Defense of Marriage Act. The bill was introduced after the D.C. City Council and then-Mayor Adrian Fenty indicated they would recognize same-sex marriages.

Jordan’s measure garnered 53 co-sponsors last year. But it is expected to attract more support in the GOP-led House in 2011.

The problem, as Adam Serwer notes, is that Jordan is from Ohio and that undermines conservative’s efforts to present their campaign as a local effort to give DC residents the right to vote on the issue and contradicts the Republican criticism against federal involvement in local affairs. But, the party is willing to swallow the hypocrisy to impose their prejudices on the District and take away gay people’s right to marry. Jordan himself had lobbied the Supreme Court to take up the marriage case and has said that he won’t be attending CPAC because of the presence of the gay GOP group GOProud.

D.C.’s marriage law was enacted in 2009, after the D.C. Council passed two measures to recognize marriages performed outside and inside the District. Both bills passed though a mandated congressional review period without challenge, even though several conservative Republicans “sponsored bills to ban same-sex marriages in the District or mandate a referendum.” Jordan’s measures will likely get a vote in the Republican-controlled House, but will be vetoed by Obama if it makes it through the Senate.

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