Washington CNN -- The District of Columbia's same-sex marriage law will go into effect as scheduled this week, after the Supreme Court refused to stop its enforcement. Chief Justice John Roberts issued a three-page order Tuesday, a day before the law becomes official. He concluded the high court should defer to local matters in the federal district of Washington. And he said a separate ballot initiative to overturn the law would give voters a chance to weigh in on the question.
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The bill, which passed by an to-2 vote, may still face obstacles in Congress, among city voters and in the courts, but most advocates of same-sex marriage say they expect it to become law by spring. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty has said he will sign the bill. Catania, an independent and the author of the bill. Opponents have vowed to overturn the bill by putting it to a referendum or by working with Congress, which has a month to review the measure once it is signed.
D.C. same-sex marriage law takes effect this week
He never thought his name would be forever affixed to a Supreme Court case — one wielding tectonic force, no less. But Obergefell is the name, and very much the face, of the decision legalizing gay marriage across America, Obergefell v. You may not recognize his face — but the ramifications of the landmark decision are plain to see. His husband, John Arthur, had recently died. The two married 18 months earlier on the tarmac of BWI Airport, as same-sex marriage was still illegal back home.
Latest Development: The U. Supreme Court has ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage, thereby requiring all states to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Background and History: State legislatures, voters and more recently the courts have made sweeping changes over the past two decades in laws defining whether marriage is limited to relationships between a man and a woman or is extended to same-sex couples.