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Posted at 05:22 PM ET, 06/26/2009

Motley To Kick Off Campaign Tomorrow

Rev. Anthony Motley will kick off his campaign for D.C. Council tomorrow at Tony's Boxing Gym and Fitness Club in Southeast.

The 60-year-old community activist - known most recently for being at the side of Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) during his kidney transplant - is running as an independent for one of two at-large seats that will be up for grabs next year. Motley is a Democrat turned independent.

Council members Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) and David A. Catania (I-At Large) currently hold the seats and will be up for re-election.

Born in Detroit, Motley has spent most of his life in the District since moving to the city as a toddler with his family.

Motley said in an interview that there are divisions in the city that he wants to eliminate: geography and race but also one between ministers and the gay and lesbian community.

Motley said he pulled together a meeting between the two groups to talk about the legalization of gay marriage. Motley, who said he has supported domestic partnerships and other gay issues in the past, said he has not decided whether he supports legalizing same-sex nnuptials. "I'm evolving on that," he said. "I have not gotten to the point that I can say definitively."

Mendelson crafted the legislation to recognize same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions while Catania has promised to introduce the legalization of gay marriage in the District this year.

Motley said he is not targeting one council member in his bid to take a seat. "Two seats are up and one of those seats belongs to Anthony Jerome Motley. I'm going to get it," he said.

By Nikita R Stewart  |  05:22 PM ET, 06/26/2009

Categories:  D.C. Council

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