Gay Marriage Not a Priority for House Democrats in Current Economy

By Nitya

May 6, 2009 1:43pm

ABC News’ Z. Byron Wolf reports: The House of Representatives will likely not take up Same Sex Marriage legislation. Pelosi addressed the issue of same sex marriage — now recognized in five states with news today out of Maine — in her weekly press conference, stating she has no plans to move legislation in Congress to roll back provisions in the Defense of Marriage Act, passed by Congress and signed by President Clinton in 1996. The Act decrees that neither states nor the federal government can be compelled to recognize same sex unions performed in another place. "Members will make a priority of issues like gays in the military. And where we have prospects of success, we always want to expand to a place of more opportunity and more freedom for all — for all Americans," Pelosi said Wednesday. "But right now, our agenda is jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs. And as we move on that front, concurrently, we have to make some decisions about what is possible and our values-based initiatives as well." The issue was prominent in local DC papers after a raucous city council meeting where District lawmakers agreed, over loud objections from the religious community, to recognize marriages performed elsewhere. Pelosi’s hometown mayor, meanwhile, pledged yesterday to bring the issue back to California voters in 2010. OP

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