Washington, D.C. became the first majority-minority jurisdiction to end marriage discrimination when it joined Iowa, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts in legalizing marriage for gay and lesbian couples. The first couples began marrying on March 9, 2010 after the marriage law was passed by an 11-2 vote of the City Council and signed into law by Mayor Adrian Fenty in a public ceremony at a historic D.C. church.
The freedom to marry in the Nation’s Capital has survived numerous legal attempts by the so-called National Organization for Marriage.
But, now conservatives in the U.S. House of Representatives are planning to introduce legislation to repeal the freedom to marry in D.C. Because D.C. is not a state, Congress has oversight over the laws and budget of the District. This means that Congress can at will overturn any law including marriage it doesn't like.
Rep. Jim Jordan R-OH, the chair of the Republican Study Committee, told a congressional newspaper that he will push for a vote to repeal the freedom to marry in D.C.
Tell Rep. Jordan to focus on rebuilding the American economy instead of launching attacks against gay and lesbian families.
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