Loading
D.C. mayor signs same-sex ‘marriage’ legislation
Unitarian Universalist pastor Rob Hardies poses for a picture with Mayor Adrian Fenty. Credit: All Souls Church.
Unitarian Universalist pastor Rob Hardies poses for a picture with Mayor Adrian Fenty. Credit: All Souls Church.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- Mayor Adrian Fenty of Washington, D.C., has signed a measure recognizing same-sex “marriage” in the District. The law has been criticized for redefining marriage and also for its lack of strong religious freedom protections for those who do not approve of such unions.

Fenty signed the measure at the Unitarian Universalist All Souls Church in the northwest part of the District.

In his remarks at the signing, provided to CNA in an e-mail from the mayor’s office, Fenty said:

“Marriage inequality is a civil rights, political, social, moral, and religious issue in this country and many nations. And as I sign this act into law, the District from this day forward will set the tone for other jurisdictions to follow in creating an open and inclusive city.”

Rev. Rob Hardies, senior minister at All Souls Church, said in a statement on the church's website that he was “so heartened” by the role his congregation has played in what he called an “important human rights struggle.”

He said congregants took a “leading role” in founding a coalition of about 200 District clergy to support the bill. They contributed money and lobbied for the bill.

“And not only have we secured passage of the bill, we have changed the national debate on marriage equality,” Rev. Hardies claimed. “We’ve shown that this issue can unite communities rather than divide them.”

The D.C. Council had passed the bill by an 11-2 margin, over the objections of many African American clergy, the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington and others.

"Politicians on the city council are acting as if they have the right through legislation to deprive citizens of D.C. of their core civil right to vote, but we will not let them get away with it, commented Brian Brown, executive director of the National Organization for Marriage, according to CNN.

Though the bill itself is titled the Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Equality Amendment Act of 2009, the Archdiocese of Washington has said its protections for religious freedom are not strong enough. Its effects could force Catholic Charities and other religious organizations to cut back their services if they do not accommodate same-sex “marriages.”

The measure now goes to Congress for a 30-day review period. Congress has the right to review and overturn laws created by the D.C. council. The Democrat majority is not expected to block the bill.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
Dec
19

Liturgical Calendar

December 19, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Gospel
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Judg 13: 2-7, 24-25A
Gospel:: Lk 1: 5-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
12/15/14

Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27

Homily
Date
12/15/14
12/14/14
12/13/14