Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Lawsuit Aimed At Ending Marriage Equality Recognition in DC - Lez Get Real

The ADF at it again.

Lawsuit Aimed At Ending Marriage Equality Recognition in DC - Lez Get Real
Opponents of a District of Columbia Council resolution that would recognize same-sex marriage in the District have filed a lawsuit in D.C. Superior Court today to overturn a ruling by D.C. election officials that said voters could not decide whether the District can recognize gay marriages performed in other jurisdictions.

The D.C. Council approved a bill last month that would make same-sex couples married in other states and countries legally married in the city as well. Unless a court intervenes, the legislation will become law in early July. The council also is expected to take up a bill to allow same-sex marriage in the city.

The two-member board said earlier the week that allowing a referendum that lets the people decide is akin to authorizing discrimination and put forward only Congress and the courts should have input on the issue.

The opponents are led by are Bishop Harry Jackson, senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, and the Arizona based anti gay Alliance Defense Fund.

The Alliance Defense Fund was founded by a group of high-profile Religious Right leaders such Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ; Larry Burkett, founder of Christian Financial Concepts; Rev. James Dobson, founder of Focus on the Family; Rev. D. James Kennedy, founder of Coral Ridge Ministries; Marlin Maddoux, President of International Christian Media and Don Wildmon, founder of American Family Association, is heavily financed by the Edgar and Elsa Prince Foundation, whose vice president is gun for hire mercenary company Blackwater International founder Erik Prince.

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