Stop D.C. Gay Marriages

Liberty Alerts, Baptist Press

WASHINGTON (BP)–Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land has joined two dozen other Christian and conservative leaders in urging Congress to pass legislation requiring a public vote before the District of Columbia issues marriage licenses to homosexual couples.

The president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and the others called on senators and representatives quickly to approve the District of Columbia Referendum on Marriage Act. The D.C. government is slated to begin giving marriage licenses to same-sex couples in March, which could be as early as next week.

Sen. Robert Bennett, R.-Utah, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R.-Utah, introduced the legislation in their respective chambers earlier this year, but no action has been taken so far. It appears unlikely Congress, which has 30 business days to review the new D.C. law, will overturn the district government’s December approval of “same-sex marriage.”

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