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House Republicans From Ohio, Oklahoma Try To Block Gay Marriage In D.C.

May 21, 2009 5:05 pm ET by Matt Finkelstein

Politico reports that Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Dan Boren (R-OK) have introduced legislation "that would put a halt to recognizing same sex marriage in the District of Columbia." The bill, which would define marriage in the District as the "union of one man and one woman," runs counter to the D.C. Council's decision earlier this month to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states. That measure passed by a vote of 12-1.  Still, Rep. Jordan insists, "you've got to fight the fight." But unlike the members of the D.C. Council, neither Jordan nor Boren was elected by the citizens of D.C. And I fail to see how their constituents in Ohio and Oklahoma benefit from a manufactured culture war with no impact outside the Beltway.  

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