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Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 02/24/2010

Same-sex marriage opponents appeal, advocates look to March 3

Same-sex marriage opponents are running out of time as they try again to block the District's new law allowing gay couples to marry from taking effect next week.

Attorneys for Stand4MarriageDC and the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal organization, today appealed a court order that upheld a D.C. Board of Elections ruling against a referendum on the issue.

Opponents want to give residents a chance to vote on the new law in a ballot measure before it takes effect.

"We are appealing because the District's marriage redefinition law shouldn't go into effect until voters have the opportunity to vote on a critical matter that affects everyone in the District," senior legal counsel Austin R. Nimocks said in a news release.

Meantime, same-sex marriage advocates are moving ahead. Council member David Catania, the bill's sponsor, has a countdown clock on his website to March 3, the anticipated first day when gay couples will be allowed to apply for licenses in the District.

While couples will be able to apply next Wednesday, the three-day waiting period in the District means that couples will not be able to formally marry until the following Tuesday, March 9.

By Ann Marimow  |  04:14 PM ET, 02/24/2010

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