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Marion Barry lashes out at gay Councilman David Catania, claiming emotional ‘personal vendetta’

”I attribute your latest actions to my ‘no’ vote on recognizing same sex marriages from other states. Prior to the vote, we worked together cordially and with respect to one another. As you may recall, soon after the vote you came down to my office. To say that you used choice words when speaking with me would be an understatement – you literally cursed me out. Since that time you have been rude, disrespectful, and will not even speak to me even when spoken to.”

DC Councilman Marion Barry issuing a public letter to fellow Councilman David Catania. Barry has had a series of scandals over the last couple of weeks — allegations of stalking an ex-girlfriend who he says is mentally ill, giving a tax-payer funded job to that ex-girlfriend, and most recently facing questions about funding for several projects sponsored by Barry and his staff which allegedly involved forged signatures and at least one person who does not exist. In April, Barry did a flip-flop on his support for same-sex marriages, by uniting with the cause of several anti-gay preachers (including Harry Jackson of Maryland). He was the lone Councilperson to vote against allowing gay marriages recognition in the District. At first, it appeared Barry had supported the measure, but he later denied it. His socially-conservative associates have repeatedly called gays perverted and disgusting in public and claimed that Washington’s African-American majority stands united against same-sex marriages. Barry has said he supports civil unions instead. (Washington Post)

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