Chaffetz to fight DC’s marriage law

Timothy Kincaid

December 15th, 2009

As expected, Jason Chaffetz will be the pointman assigned to overturn marriage equality in Washington, DC. (SL Tribune)

A Utah Republican renewed his pledge Tuesday to prevent the nation’s capital from allowing gay couples to marry after the Washington, D.C., Council signed off on such a measure.

That Chaffetz is visible in this effort suggests to me that the Republican Party isn’t going to put up much of a fight. Jason isn’t exactly known for either his intellect or his abilities. He was also the lead in trying to block out-of-state marriages from being recognized in the capital. I wish him equal success.

palerobber

December 15th, 2009

and in realted news, from just 6 weeks ago…

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, worries that Congress is about to legalize online gambling and that it could unintentionally lead to legalizing all forms of gambling in Utah.

via DesNews

Elliot in NY

December 15th, 2009

This man has a slight resemblance to Mr. Bean.

cowboy

December 16th, 2009

Why do converts to Mormonism find the need to go way overboard in proving their conservatism? Plus, his antics seem to indicate he is a media-hound…do we need to remind people of his appearance on The Colbert Report. The sleeping on a cot in his D.C. office is a stunt for publicity…which shouldn’t surprise us…his job is in communications and marketing. He sure has made a name for himself.

If an outsider like Mr. Chaffetz is the kind of Representative the people in happy Utah Valley want…so be it.

Rich

December 16th, 2009

I think it unlikely that the current Congress will overturn the DC marriage equality law. My question is, what about when the GOP takes over again (and they surely will with the screw-ups being made by the Dems!)? Can they come back at a later time and strike the law down at their whim?

Timothy Kincaid

December 16th, 2009

Rich,

If I understand the relationship between DC and the Congress correctly, no they cannot strike down the law at their whim.

Congress does not pass administrative laws for DC. What they can do, however, is try to control DC’s policy and statutes by funding. They can deny funding for programs that do not meet their wishes.

As marriage does not appear to be supplemented by federal tax dollars, I suspect that Congress will have no way to change the city’s laws once the 30 day veto period has passed.

(I welcome correction by any DC attorneys with knowledge about the relationship)

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