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Supreme Court Rejects Appeal To Overturn D.C.'s Gay Marriage Law

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The court did not comment in turning away a challenge from a Maryland pastor and others who were trying to let city residents vote on a measure that defines marriage as being between a man a woman.

Bishop Harry Jackson lead a lawsuit against the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics after it refused to put that initiative on the ballot.

The board ruled that the ballot question would, in effect, authorize discrimination.

Council Member David Catania, who is openly gay and the author of the same-sex legislation, says while opponents of the measure have exhausted their judicial options, he expects they'll continue to lobby congress to intervene.

"As we go forward, it will be important for District officials to build relationships with the new subcommittee chairmen, especially in the House, and to advocate our point of view about this is...intrinsically a local District matter," Catania says.

Last year Washington began issuing marriage licenses for same-sex couples, and in 2009 it began recognizing gay marriages performed elsewhere.

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Major Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

A gritty Marine, Donnie Dunagan fought in the Vietnam War and earned decorations for his service. But all his life, there was one thing this commander could never escape: He was the voice of Bambi.
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Humans Aren't The Only Ones To Go Ape Over Diets: Chimps Detox, Too

A group of Ugandan chimps has found a great way to boost their mineral intake and neutralize bitter compounds in their diet: by eating clay.
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The Politics Hour - July 31, 2015

Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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In Michigan, A Testing Ground For A Future Of Driverless Cars

Automakers and researchers are using a 32-acre fake city at the University of Michigan to simulate a real-world environment for autonomous vehicles. How will such cars affect urban planning?

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