Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, Utah Republican, on Tuesday submitted legislation in the House of Representatives that would overturn a D.C. bill allowing gay marriage.

Gay marriage is not yet legal in the District of Columbia, but the D.C. Council passed a bill in December allowing the unions in the city.

Because the city is a federal district and not a state, its laws must be sent to Congress before taking effect. Congress has 30 days to act on the marriage bill before it takes effect. Mr. Chaffetz’s legislation, a resolution of disapproval, would block the bill from taking effect.

Mr. Chaffetz, the ranking GOP member of the Federal Workforce, Postal Service and the District of Columbia subcommittee, has said in the past it will be difficult to get Congress to block the gay-marriage bill because both houses are controlled by Democrats.

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