Okay, Now Someone Lend Fenty a Pen.

Today, the D.C. City Council (minus the miserable Marion Barry) voted in favor of gay marriage.

The measure, approved by a vote of 12 to 1, now goes to Mayor Arian M. Fenty (D), a supporter of gay marriage.

If Fenty signs it, the District will put the same-sex marriage issue directly before the Congress. Under Home Rule, the District’s laws are subject to a 30-day congressional review period.

After the vote, a large crowd of opponents, led by local ministers, began yelling, “Get them off the council!” referring to the members who supported the measure. The crowd caused such a ruckus that security guards and D.C. police officers had to be called in to restore order.

“We need a new council. They are destroying our youth,” shouted Paul Trantham, who lives in Southeast. “Every minister who fears God should be here. This is disrespectful to the nation’s capital. There is nothing equal about same-sex marriage.”

Another protester, C.T. Riley, added: “This is not over. We are going to the Hill with this issue.”

The council initially voted unanimously, without debate, to approve the bill. But council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8 ) apparently did not realize what he was voting on. A few minutes after the initial vote, Barry made a motion to reconsider the vote.

He then voted against the proposal. Before the final vote, Barry noted he has been a longtime supporter of gay rights but said he decided to stand with the “ministers who stand on the moral compass of God.”

“It has been a very agonizing and difficult decision,” Barry said. He then added, “I feel comfortable with this position because I know where my heart is. . . . I am representing my constituents. I have thought about it lot and I have been a friend of [the gay] community and will continue to be a friend of this community.”

Two things jump out at me.

1) ‘Our youth’ in Southeast are being destroyed by poverty and crappy education, not gay people getting married.
2) I think the ‘gay community’ just defriended Barry on Facebook.

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12 comments to Okay, Now Someone Lend Fenty a Pen.

  • Marion Barry, of all people, standing on the side of those who “stand on the moral compass of God.” Wow. The irony, eh?

    What the hell is wrong with people?

  • Kia

    I’m just picturing Barry napping at the session, coming to, wiping the sleep out of his eye and jumping out of his seat after his initial vote. Comedic gold. He is beyond shame and hypocrisy is right up his alley.

  • Of the 30 or so issues in my city right now, same sex marriage is about 29. How about the schools like Ballou that are crumbling daily. Or the disappearance of mom and pop stores. Or the lack of a Chik-fil-A. But same sex marriage? Blah.

  • Tiffany In Houston

    Marion Barry is just a comedy of errors.

  • I think one thing a lot of people don’t talk about when it comes to gay marriage is that, in addition to being a step forward in civil rights, it can be a HUGE revenue stream for a state (or city, in D.C.’s case).

    Yes. But unfortunately this same realization may mean that other issues faced by many (most?) LGBT folks may not get the same airtime. I suppose there is a “trickle down” attitude among some…that the rising tide of marriage equality will lift all LGBT civil/human/economic rights boats…

    But I do not have much faith in such a strategy.

  • Scott

    Which people are you wandering what is wrong with? I think we all know what is wrong with Marion Barry. As someone who grew up around DC, I’ve always wondered what was wrong with the folks that voted for him.

  • Scott, bruh, we can’t keep meeting like this. But for once, I think we’re going to agree. Maybe.

    But I’m wondering about Barry AND some of the people who showed up to protest the measure. As Shani said, gay marriage is not destroying the youth of the Southeast. And it’s silly to think that it is.

  • Not the Chik-Fil-A! (Tho there’s one at Howard.) Didn’t you see black’s post?

    http://postbourgie.com/2009/04/17/eat-less-chikin/

    But seriously. I get what you’re saying, but I don’t think it’s a race. This is an argument I have with my dad a lot. He’s not opposed to gay rights on moral grounds, but he thinks that if we focus on gay issues, other folks (black folks) will be lose the Oppression Olympics (my words).

    D.C. has a lot of problems — I consider it my adopted home and I love it dearly — but unlike fixing the schools and paving all of those potholes with big metal plates over them, agreeing that every citizen has the same basic rights isn’t all that hard to do. And it has a huge impact on the future of civil rights in this country.

    By the way. I think one thing a lot of people don’t talk about when it comes to gay marriage is that, in addition to being a step forward in civil rights, it can be a HUGE revenue stream for a state (or city, in D.C.’s case).

  • I have boycotted Chik-fil-A rashad(I forgot why, but it was important, I swear!) so we can all let that one go ;) . Still, one of the things that gets left out of these apparently single-issue oppressions is that they bring a whole lot of people to bear on an injustice that, with luck, lets them move on to fight other injustices, so a single-issue thing can morph into many-issues (white abolitionist women and white feminism for example). Yeah after the issue is ‘resolved’ whatever alliance was built-up might dissolve, but I can totally see the push for gay marriage dovetailing into stuff that all DC residents can agree on (schooling, for one, presuming that gay couples are allowed to adopt… just imagine wealthy southern gay couples, who have been fighting discrimination all their lives, marrying in dc and demanding better public schools for their future children while linking up with community activist groups, if you can pardon my somewhat cold rationalization :) ).

    Oh, and its the right thing to do and can be changed via the law.

  • Scott

    I expect the ministers are just clinging to their religion as Obama might say. That being said, South East DC has been the butt end of DC for as long as I can remember and I have to agree that gays, married or not, don’t have anything to do with the problems there. This discussion brings back a fond memory from the late 80′s of a gay friend of mine and myself going to a gay club in SE called Tracks to see Debbie Harry perform. The area was awful but right around the club nobody was hassled.

  • What other issues are you referring to? I think I have an idea, but could you be specific?

  • [...] Gay Marriage Tags: Washington D.C. Apparently, not every black clergy member in D.C. is being ridiculous right now. From a local station in D.C.: WASHINGTON – More than 100 pastors and faith leaders [...]

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