Thursday, January 14, 2010

A District of Columbia judge on Thursday threw out a lawsuit by opponents of gay marriage against the city’s elections board.

The plaintiffs, led by Maryland pastor Bishop Harry Jackson, sued after the Board of Elections and Ethics refused to put their initiative on the ballot. The measure would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman. The board ruled that measure violated the city’s Human Rights Act.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Judith N. Macaluso, ruling in favor of the city, said the board was right to turn down the initiative because it would in effect authorize discrimination, which violates the Human Rights Act.

Last year, gay-marriage opponents lost a lawsuit on a similar ballot initiative for the same reason.

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