Whatever Happened To Self-Governance?

39 Congressional Republicans don’t believe that the people of the District of Columbia should be allowed to govern themselves:

In the filing, U.S. senators James Inhofe (Okla.) and Roger Wicker (Miss.) and 37 House Republicans align with Bishop Harry Jackson, pastor of Hope Christian Church, in asking the court to reverse a D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics decision prohibiting the same-sex marriage question to be put before voters.

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Last month the DC City Council voted 11-2 to legalize same-sex marriage.

The Republicans want DC to have a referendum on same-sex marriage. That probably wouldn’t result in the defeat of same-sex marriage considering that polls shows more than 2/3rds of DC in favor it.

But that’s not the point–the point is that constitutional rights should not be on the ballot. If we had put segregation on the ballot 60 years ago it would have passed in every single state in which it was practiced, even though it was both egregiously unconstitutional and morally reprehensible.

Same-sex marriage is a matter of constitutional rights–it’s a matter of the 14th amendment’s equal protection under the law.  The right-wing strategy of putting same-sex marriage on the ballot is designed to undermine the idea that same-sex marriage is a constitutional–not political–issue.

And aren’t Republicans supposed to be in favor of local governance? Since when do they want the federal government telling a city government what to do? I guess Republicans only prefer small government when it suits them–then again, we all knew the GOP’s principles are all pretty much negotiable, anyway.

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