D.C. Voters May Have Say on Gay Marriage

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Christian groups and churches in the District of Columbia want to let Washington voters have a say on gay marriage.

The D.C. City Council recently voted to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. But traditional marriage supporters are asking for a ballot referendum.

Gay rights groups call that discrimination. Both sides weighed in at the D.C. Board of Elections meeting.

"The council of the District of Columbia has passed this legislation without any input from the citizens of the District of Columbia, without any town hall meetings, without any public hearings, and we feel as though that is a travesty of justice," said Patrick Walker, pastor of New Macedonia Baptist Church.

Mark Levine, host of Inside Scoop on Washington said, "The D.C. code, the Human Rights Act, does not allow the majority to discriminate against a minority. You can't put it to a vote. If proponents of discrimination, people who support bigotry, want to put this before their elected representatives, they can elect different people to the city council.  But you can't have a referendum on discrimination.  That's D.C. law."

A decision on whether or not this will be on the ballot is expected Friday or early next week.

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