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Rep Plans to Kill D.C. Marriage Equality


A bill introduced Tuesday by a District of Columbia councilman would allow same-sex couples to get married in the nation's capital, but a U.S. representative says he will work to defeat the bill.

The legislation is expected to pass the D.C. Council, but the U.S. Congress has the right to review all D.C. bills before they are enacted as law.

U.S. representative Jason Chaffetz of Utah, who is a member of the subcommittee that oversees the capital, says he will fight to prevent marriage equality in the District. "Some fights are worth fighting for," said Chaffetz, reports the Associated Press. "This is one of them."

"Marriage should be defined as a union between a man and a woman," Chaffetz told KTVX ABC 4 Salt Lake City on Tuesday. "I don't see much other wiggle room for it."

In the past 25 years, Congress has rejected only three pieces of D.C. legislation, according to the Associated Press. The last time was in 1991, when Congress rejected a law that would have permitted taller buildings in the city.

Congress will have 30 days to review the same-sex marriage bill once the D.C. Council passes it.

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