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January 18, 2011

Court rejects Md. challenge to D.C. marriage law

The Supreme Court has declined to hear the appeal of a Maryland pastor and others seeking to overturn the District of Columbia's same-sex marriage law.

Bishop Harry R. Jackson Jr., senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, has led the lawsuit against the district's elections board for rejecting a ballot measure defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman on the District of Columbia ballot.

The Supreme Court turned away the appeal on Tuesday without comment. Washington began recognizing sane-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions in 2009, and began issuing marriage licenses to gay couples last year.

Posted by Matthew Hay Brown at 12:56 PM | | Comments (2)


How, pray tell, is this person in Maryland injured by the DC decision to issue marriage licenses to people regardless of their gender? I don't pretend to know the intricacies of DC elections law and ballot measures. Certainly the Supreme Court neither knows nor cares about such intricacies, either. It would only grant cert if there were a pressing isuse of Constitutional or federal law.

Which of this bishop's Constitutional rights are being infringed by an election board in another jurisdiction refusing to allow a ballot measure that would give hatred and prejudice the force of law? What is his injury? You have no constitutional right to a ballot initiative. You have no constitutional right to government-sponsored bigotry. How is this a Supreme Court case?

"How is this a Supreme Court case?" Thank goodness, it is not a SC case! Like any other bigot, religious or not, these homophobes believe they have the right to denigrate anyone, at any time, in any place. Laws that protect the rights of all to marriage, same-sex or opposite sex, scare the hell out of these bigots. Popular belief, especially where male bigots are concerned, is that they struggle with latent homosexual feelings, an affliction I like to call "Dragging a Cross." They hate themselves for these feelings and are determined to cast aspersions on others in a vain attempt to make themselves feel better. The rising tide of acceptance of same-sex marriage across the states is of particular disconcerting to the fag-haters. They will only change when they accept someone close to them (family, friend) as gay. We can only hope that this revelation come sooner than later.

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