After accidentally voting FOR marriage equality today, then calling for a second vote because he wasn’t paying attention, former DC mayor and current City Councilman Marion Barry said that a “civil war” may erupt in the nation’s capitol over same-sex marriage. Pandemonium ensued in the council’s building after the vote and police and security had to removing screaming evangelicals.
“All hell is going to break lose,” Barry said while speaking to reporters. “We may have a civil war. The black community is just adamant against this.” Barry made his remarks a few hours after a group of same-sex marriage opponents, led by black ministers, caused uproar in the Wilson Building after the Council voted 12 to 1 to recognize same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. They caused such a ruckus that security guards and police had to clear the hallway. The protesters shouted that council members who voted for the bill will face retribution at the polls. Although he has been a longtime supporter of gay rights, Barry said he voted against the bill to satisfy his constituents in Southeast Washington. “What you’ve got to understand is 98 percent of my constituents are black and we don’t have but a handful of openly gay residents,” Barry said. “Secondly, at least 70 percent of those who express themselves to me about this are opposed to anything dealing with this issue. The ministers think it is a sin, and I have to be sensitive to that.”
Four times married. Convicted crack addict. Three times indicted for tax evasion. One DUI arrest. He is a “moral politician.”