With less than 48 hours before the first same-sex marriage licenses will be granted in, marriage equality foes in Washington D.C. appeal to the Supreme Court to block the capital's new marriage equality law.
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.
Pam Spaulding adds that Fauntroy was once a close associate of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Fauntroy also helped organize the historic 1963 March On Washington, one of the seminal events of the Civil Rights Movement\, and, ironically, its chief organizer was the openly gay Bayard Rustin.
Same-sex couples will be allowed to apply for marriage licenses on Wednesday. The three-business-day waiting period means they will not be able to begin marrying until March 9.