The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a last minute challenge to Washington DC’s same-sex marriage law.
Opponents of gay marriage in the nation’s capital had asked Chief Justice John Roberts to stop the city from issuing the licenses on Wednesday while they appealed. They argued that D.C. voters should have been allowed to vote on the issue. Local courts have rejected the opponents’ arguments. “It has been the practice of the court to defer to the decisions of the courts of the District of Columbia on matters of exclusively local concern,” said Roberts, writing for the court. He also pointed out that Congress could have voted to stop the city government from putting the law into effect and didn’t. Opponents have also asked city courts to allow a voter referendum on gay marriage, and they “will have the right to challenge any adverse decision … in this court at the appropriate time,” Roberts said. The Stand4MarriageDC Coalition, which tried to get a vote on the issue, said Tuesday it was disappointed in the court’s ruling. It said it would continue to work for this effort among voters who believe in traditional marriage.
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