02 March 2010

Same Sex Marriages To Come To D.C.

A law allowing same sex marriage in the District of Columbia has survived an effort to postpone its effective date pending a referrendum, which lost its last ditch request for injunctive relief made to the U.S. Supreme Court and decided by the Chief Justice in his role as circuit justice, and a potential Congressional veto.

Opponents can offer up a Proposition 8 style initiative to overturn the law after it has taken effect, but some same sex marriages will take place in the District of Columbia before that can happen, and once they have taken place, there are constitutional issues involved in undoing a legal marriage without the consent of the parties.

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