Thursday, May 7, 2009

Utah Rep. Trying to Stop DC Marriage Recognition

I was right!

A far-right Representative (from Utah) named Jason Chaffetz is trying to intercede in Washington, DC Council's decision to recognize out-of-district same-sex marriages. Chaffetz is a freshman Represenative -- elected for the first time in 2008 -- and, get this, the ranking Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee. Wow. They were really stretched thin for leadership, there.

From the Washington Post, this is what he said:

"Some things are worth fighting for, and this is one of them. It's not something I can let go softly into the night. . . . I recognize the Democrats are in the majority, but I represent the majority of Americans on this issue."
Why does it matter? Thank goodness for his Twitter account, and the Washington City Paper, we get to find out: "Why am I involved? Congress is set up to oversee the affairs of D.C. I am one of the Members on the relevant committee."

Oh, OK. That explains it.

For the record, Mr. Chaffetz is also against DC representation in Congress -- believing, instead, that the District should be retroceded (is that the word?) into Maryland, despite the Constitutional mandate for an independent District to house the capital.

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