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LL just got off the phone with Kenneth McGhie, general counsel for the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics.
Those of you expecting a late-Friday announcement on whether or not a referendum will be allowed on the District law recognizing out-of-state same-sex marriages: Don’t hold your breath.
“Doesn’t look like it’s going to be today,” McGhie says.
More than 15 witnesses appeared Wednesday before board members Errol Arthur and Charles Lowery, who are charged with determining whether the gay-marriage law is protected from referendum by the District’s human-rights laws. In addition to the oral testimony, the members have to consider written arguments from lawyers for referendum proponents, the D.C. Council, and the city.
For a referendum to go forward, both Arthur and Lowery would have to vote in favor. A 1-1 tie would mean a rejection of the referendum.
McGhie says not to expect a decision over the weekend: “It’ll probably be Monday.”