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dcagenda.com • vol. 2, issue 12 • march 19, 2010
D.C. courthouse floodedwith requests formarriage licenses
By LOU CHIBBARO JR.firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah)has backed off pushing an amend-ment aimed at overturning D.C.’ssame-sex marriage law — most like-ly because his Republican colleagues joined Senate Democrats in opposinghis plan to attach it to an aviation bill,according to Capitol Hill insiders.The amendment, which Bennettfiled with the Senate clerk March 11,would have prohibited D.C. from issuingmarriage licenses to same-sex couplesuntil the city allows voters to decide theissue through a referendum or initiative.Bennett’s unsuccessful attempt toadvance the amendment came asnearly 700 couples have applied for amarriage license at the city’s MarriageBureau since the same-sex marriagelaw took effect March 3. Most of thosecouples have been same-sex couples.And according to a spokespersonfor the D.C. Superior Court, which oper-ates the Marriage Bureau, an unprece-dented number of people applying formarriage licenses are requesting to bemarried in civil ceremonies offered freeof charge at the courthouse.“We have probably close to 400weddings requested,” said spokesper-son Leah Gurowitz. “Between two-thirdsand three-quarters [of couples applyingfor marriage licenses] are requesting awedding at the Marriage Bureau.“So we’re getting them scheduled.We’re calling everybody and we’retrying to just use our space and ourtime as advantageously as possible.”Gurowitz acknowledged that latelast week, the Marriage Bureau’sphone answering system becameoverloaded, and some callersreceived messages that the voice-mail boxes were full and incomingmessages could not be left.“It’s taking some time — a day ortwo — to return calls,” she said. “But weare returning all the calls and gettingthe weddings set as soon as possible.”Although Bennett filed his D.C. mar-riage amendment last week, he did notformally introduce it before SenateDemocrats and Republicans agreed byunanimous consent to an approved listof amendments for a Federal AviationAdministration authorization bill, themeasure to which Benefit intended toattach his amendment.The bipartisan-approved list does-n’t include his amendment, preventinghim from bringing it up at this time.Bennett’s office did not return callsseeking to determine why he did not offerthe amendment before the list restrictingnew amendments was approved.“I doubt that he just voluntarily with-drew his amendment,” said DanielPenchina, a lobbyist with the RabenGroup, a political consulting firm that
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Same-sex marriages, including the March 14 union of
, continued this week in D.C.despite efforts from one U.S. senator to stop the ceremonies.
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Weddings continue, despite congressional scare
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