Supreme Court Won't Stop D.C. Gay Marriage Law

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The Supreme Court is refusing to intervene in Washington, D.C.'s new gay marriage law, which goes into effect Wednesday.

Opponents of same-sex marriage had argued to Chief Justice John Roberts that voters should be allowed to have a say in the issue.

Brian Brown, the executive director of the National Organization for Marriage, is a staunch opponent of the new law. He appeared on CBN News' Midday program to talk about the Supreme Court's ruling. Click play to watch the interview.

Also, Bishop Harry Jackson of the High Impact Leadership Coalition appeared on CBN Newschannel's Morning program to discuss his fight against legalizing gay marriage in D.C. Click here to watch the interview.

However, local courts had rejected that argument and Roberts deferred to them, calling it a local matter.

"It has been the practice of the court to defer to the decisions of the courts of the District of Columbia on matters of exclusively local concern," said Roberts, writing for the court.

Roberts also pointed out that Congress could have voted to stop the city government from putting the law into effect but didn't.

Wednesday is the first day that same-sex couples can apply for marriage licenses in D.C. But they will still have to wait three business days to receive them and exchange vows.

Same-sex marriages are also legal in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Iowa, Connecticut, and Vermont.

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