D.C. Gay Marriage Issue Heads to High Court

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Religious opponents of same-sex marriage in Washington, D.C. represented by the Alliance Defense Fund have appealed the issue of gay marriage in the nation's capital city to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Christian leaders led by Bishop Harry L. Jackson say they filed a petition with the high court on Tuesday, asking the justices to take their case. The group plans to hold a news conference Wednesday.

The D.C. City Council voted to allow gay marriage in March of this year.

The group of pastors and other Christian leaders challenged the move by the council, saying citizens of the district should have been allowed to vote on the matter.

The D.C. Court of Appeals ruled against the group in July, saying city officials could pass a law barring initiatives from the ballot if they conflict with a city human rights law.

"It's all about power, control, access and money," Jackson said. "In this case, we have to ask - what are they afraid of?  I believe they're afraid the people will vote for marriage."

The Supreme Court will likely to decide whether they will hear the case in the next six months.

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