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Chaffetz vows to fight D.C. gay marriage

Published December 15, 2009 5:34 pm

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A Utah Republican renewed his pledge Tuesday to prevent the nation's capital from allowing gay couples to marry after the Washington, D.C., Council signed off on such a measure.

But Rep. Jason Chaffetz acknowledged it will be tough to overturn the newly adopted ordinance, which the Washington mayor is expected to sign before Christmas.

"It's going to be exceptionally difficult because Democrats have us outnumbered by large amounts," Chaffetz said Tuesday. "Nevertheless, we're going to try."

Chaffetz sits on a House subcommittee that oversees the district. Congress can revoke D.C. laws within 30 days after they are signed by the mayor.

Chaffetz promises to introduce legislation in January.

"If it were put up for a vote, traditional marriage would win," he said. "It would win with a congressional vote, and it would win with the residents of Washington, D.C."

- Rosemary Winters