Jan 25, 2011 9:23 PM GMT
http://thehill.com/homenews/news/139863-gop-lawmakers-to-pursue-a-bill-to-ban-gay-marriage-in-dcHouse conservatives say they will pursue legislation that would ban gay marriage in the nation’s capital.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee (RSC), told The Hill that he will push for a vote on the controversial issue in the 112th Congress. The RSC has 175 members.
“I think RSC will push for it, and I’m certainly strongly for it. I don’t know if we’ve made a decision if I’ll do it or let another member do it, but I’m 100 percent for it,” Jordan said.
In the last Congress, Jordan was the lead sponsor on the D.C. Defense of Marriage Act. The bill was introduced after the D.C. City Council and then-Mayor Adrian Fenty indicated they would recognize same-sex marriages.
Jordan’s measure garnered 53 co-sponsors last year. But it is expected to attract more support in the GOP-led House in 2011.
Recently, Jordan added his name to a legal brief with other gay-marriage opponents who challenged a decision by the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics denying a ballot initiative banning gay marriage. The board concluded that such a ballot initiative would violate D.C.’s Human Rights Act.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/25/gop-economy-dc-gay-marriage-ban_n_813665.htmlJordan's statement that the RSC will push for the DC marriage equality ban seems to go against the message he was sending groups -- which included the LCR, Heritage Foundation and National Rifle Association -- at the December meeting.
"What Chairman Jordan shared with us [in a meeting in December 2010] is that all the priorities for this Congress are fiscal-related," Cooper [of the LCR] told The Huffington Post in early January. "One could interpret it as there have been lessons learned either at a pragmatic or principled level by certain Republicans on social issues, that they're not good for the party; they are divisive." He added that Jordan identified three areas of importance for the RSC: 1) a rescission package that would eliminate previously approved spending; 2) balancing the federal budget; and 3) federal welfare reform.
Asked for clarification, Jordan's Press Secretary Meghan Snyder said that the congressman's top priorities are still creating jobs and reducing government spending. However, she added, he also "believes that, in addition to addressing our country's fiscal issues, advocating for low taxes, less spending and a strong national defense, conservatives must advocate for traditional family values like life and marriage. Family is the cornerstone upon which our communities, our states and our nation is built, and conservatives must lead the way in promoting the strengths of the traditional family whenever we can."