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From The Washington Examiner:

Black Democrats in the District are split on recognizing same-sex marriages, based on the results of two recent straw polls.

Wards 5 and 8 are largely black communities. On Monday night, Democrats in Ward 5 rejected by a nearly 2-to-1 margin a resolution to support the D.C. Council’s vote to recognize same-sex marriages performed in other jurisdictions. This came two days after the majority of a small sample of Ward 8 Democrats said they would support legalizing same-sex marriages in D.C.

Both votes were held at forums sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Caucus of the Democratic Committee.

“We showed up last night to oppose gay marriage in D.C.,” said the Rev. Henry Gaston, president of the Missionary Baptist Ministers Conference of D.C., which helped mobilize opposition to the resolution in Ward 5.

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