Reps. Michele Bachmann and John Kline have signed on to a brief filed by the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) to prevent the District of Columbia from allowing same-sex marriage until the matter can go to the voters. The ACLJ was founded by televangelist Pat Robertson of the 700 Club fame.

DC’s mayor signed the same-sex married ordinance in December after it was passed by the Distict’s council. A group of citizens petitioned to put the matter on the ballot but where denied by the Board of Elections and Ethics.

Bachmann, who is no stranger to decrying activist judges in the culture war over same-sex marriage, seems bent on using the courts to overturn a local decision.

Bachmann launched her career on the premise that Minnesotans should vote on other Minnesotans civil rights. Fortunately she failed in Minnesota. Let’s hope she fails in DC.

And let’s hope that this doesn’t happen again.

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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