Utah Representative Jason Chaffetz has
vowed to lead an effort in Congress to block a gay marriage bill
approved in the District of Columbia Tuesday.
With an 11 to 2 vote, lawmakers
approved the gay marriage bill, which is expected to be signed by
Mayor Adrian Fenty before Christmas. Under Home Rule, Congress has
final say on laws approved in the District.
Chaffetz, a freshman representative,
told the Salt Lake Tribune that he'll introduce a resolution
“It's going to be exceptionally
difficult because Democrats have us outnumbered by large amounts,”
he said. “Nevertheless, we're going to try.”
To block the gay marriage bill, a
resolution needs the approval of both houses of Congress and the
president's signature within 30 legislative days. A formidable feat
considering Democrats control both the House and Senate.
“If it were put up for a vote,
traditional marriage would win. It would win with a congressional
vote, and it would win with the residents of Washington, D.C.,”
Chaffetz said referring to attempts by opponents to put a gay marriage question on