Washington D.C. elections board rejects marriage referendum

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June 15, 2009

Washington, D.C.: The Washington D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics ruled today that a proposed veto referendum on the district's recognition of out-of-state same sex marriages would violate D.C.'s Human Rights Act (HRA). D.C's election laws say that a ballot measure that violates the HRA are not allowed to go on the ballot.[1]

A group of African-American ministers were the most vocal supporters of the referendum, arguing that such a matter should be placed before the people and public debate. They promised legal challenges if the board rejected the proposal.[2]

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