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Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton Will

Rally For A Congressional Vote




Del Norton at the Democratic Party Convention will give a speech pushing for voting rights in Congress for the District but none of the presidential candidates are going to promote or agree to giving DC a vote than all others before them.


DC needs to hang it up as Congress knows why DC really wants that vote; namely, to make it possible to pass a same sex marriage law but that is not my word for it but that of Mr. Richard Rosendall, VP for Political Affairs for the Gay & Lesbian Activist Alliance of Washington, DC, as he made this fact clear in the local newspaper known as Washington Metro Weekly in the March 15, 2007, edition when Rosendall is quoted as saying:


When will it be time to push a (gay)marriage bill in D.C.? GLAA's legislative maven, Bob Summersgill, suggests prerequisites like these: The Davis-Norton bill granting D.C. a full vote in the House. This will still leave us unrepresented in the Senate, but will give us far more leverage than we have now.


Passage of budget autonomy, so that D.C.'s locally-funded budget is not subject to undemocratic congressional amendments. Passage of legislative autonomy, so that D.C.'s locally-passed laws are not subject to routine congressional review before taking effect. Once several states (say six) have adopted same-sex marriage, Congress's meddling impulse might be tempered if D.C. follows (rather than leads) the trend.


The point is not to wait until there is no risk, but until we have a fighting chance. If you are outraged at the second-class status of gay families, please work with GLAA, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and allies like D.C. Vote to win the next battles. Instead of looking for shortcuts or fighting one another, let's press ahead smartly together. The District of Columbia per the gay publication The Advocate is now the USA’s third largest gay community in the United States per capita and growing as gays see DC as being the best place for achieving the goal of same sex marriage.


It is bad enough that DC is a major embarrassment around the world for the USA but let's not make it worse by granting it a vote in Congress and what will inevitably be the short term outcome; namely, the demoralization of the District at the hands of a DC Velvet Mafia.


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