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19:15 | 21st October 2017

News: World

Fri 16 Jul, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


They attempted to get approval to put an initiative on the ballot asking city voters to define marriage in the city as between one man and one woman.

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D.C.'s highest court has ruled against opponents of the city's same-sex marriage law, saying they cannot ask voters to overturn it.

Opponents had wanted to challenge a law that took effect in Washington in March allowing same-sex couples to marry. They attempted to get approval to put an initiative on the ballot asking city voters to define marriage in the city as between one man and one woman. But city officials balked, saying a district human rights law barred initiatives that would authorize discrimination.



On Thursday, the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled 5-4 that officials had the authority to keep the measure off the ballot and acted appropriately.

 

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