Supreme Court to Decide on D.C. Right to Vote on Marriage


Will D.C. voters get their right to vote on marriage restored?  The case Jackson v. D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics, appears on the Supreme Court's docket for private discussions on Friday, meaning we can expect to hear next week whether or not the Supreme Court will take up this case.

The Charter granted to residents of D.C. by Congress gives them a right to pass laws via referendum.  The City Council has refused to permit the people to vote on marriage, which they say is now part of the human rights code. Can the legislature (city council) overturn a right given in a state constitution (the Charter)?  That's the legal question.