Friday, July 16, 2010

Same-sex marriage in District narrowly upheld by D.C. Court of Appeals

Washington Post
July 16, 2010

The D.C. Court of Appeals narrowly sustained same-sex marriage in the District in a 5 to 4 vote Thursday.

The nine judges were asked to determine whether the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics acted lawfully when it rejected an initiative by opponents of gay marriage to have the matter voted upon in a referendum. The D.C. Council approved same-sex marriage in December.

A D.C. Superior Court judge upheld the board's decision in January, and the bill became law in March.