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DC gay marriage opponents appeal to Supreme Court

Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- Opponents of gay marriage are asking the Supreme Court to put a hold on the District of Columbia's new law allowing same-sex couples to wed.

The new law, passed in December, is supposed to take effect Wednesday. Court papers filed Monday with Chief Justice John Roberts argue that Washington residents should be able to vote on the matter. Local courts have rejected the opponents' arguments.

The gay marriage opponents include a Baptist minister, Walter E. Fauntroy, who was Washington's delegate in the House for nearly 20 years.

The city has said Wednesday probably will be the first day same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license. Couples will still have to wait three full business days for their licenses before exchanging vows.

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