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Although it’s not clear whether gay marriage will come up again as a human rights issue, Mr. Barry voted against same-sex marriage.

Mr. Barry held sway over the housing panel until his colleagues stripped him of that power because of ethics indiscretions regarding a female acquaintance. He said he would have liked to have become chairman of the economic development panel, which Mr. Brown led.

However, its chairman’s seat also was sought by several other council members, and other key assignments were snapped up quickly.

“Kwame kept education in the Committee of the Whole, and I respect that. David [Catania] wanted that committee,” Mr. Barry said.