The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected an appeal from opponents of homosexual marriage who want to overturn the law accepting gay marriage in Washington, D.C.
The court did not comment Tuesday on why the challenge was turned away.
A Maryland pastor and others were trying to get a measure on the ballot to allow District of Columbia residents to vote on the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman.
Bishop Harry Jackson led a lawsuit against the district's Board of Elections and Ethics after it refused to put the initiative on the ballot. The board ruled it would in effect authorize discrimination.
Last year, Washington, D.C., began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples. In 2009, it began recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere.
Brian Brown, president of the National Organization for Marriage, discussed Tuesday's ruling on the CBN News Channel's Morning News, Jan. 19. Click play to watch the interview.