May 26, 2011 at 7:37 am EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Norton: House GOP expected to target city’s marriage law

Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

Congressional Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) said this week that Republican members of the House of Representatives would likely take action to overturn D.C.’s same-sex marriage law.

In a statement released on Tuesday, Norton said the approval by a House committee of an amendment to delay or kill the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” law may be a predictor of efforts by House Republicans to target the city’s same-sex marriage equality law. The marriage law took effect in March 2010.

“Particularly for the District of Columbia, maintaining and moving forward with the victory for gays in the military is not only critical on its own merits, but also important considering our determination to preserve our own marriage equality law, which is under attack in the House,” Norton said.

Peter Rosenstein, chair of the Campaign for All DC Families, said the group knows of no specific action on the Hill against the law at this time.

“I think Eleanor is trying to be vigilant, and that’s a good thing,” he said. “We are monitoring this closely.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

  • How does the statement that action on DADT “may be a predictor” of D.C. marriage efforts get twisted beyond recognition into the hysterical headline “GOP EXPECTED to Target” and the overwrought lede, “would likely take action.” I think twice before following a link to a hysterical Blade headline again.

  • These politicians know these things are unlikely to pass the Senate and be signed off by the President. It is just another cheap political stunt that waste value congressional time. The truth is that politicians who spent their time doing such votes show themselves to simple be CHEAP. They need to grow up and start dealing with the real problems facing this country and not cheap votes and phony feel good solutions.

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