A Utah congressman on Wednesday introduced legislation designed to reverse a D.C. City Council ruling that would permit gay marriage.

Freshman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R) said that the measure is not likely to come up for a vote, but said he hopes it serves a "symbolic" purpose.


"I wish it would come up for a vote, because I think traditional marriage would win," he told the Deseret News. "But with the Democrats controlling the House, the Senate and the presidency, I can't imagine that this would make it through the process."

The bill is "more symbolic than it is realistic," he added. 

Even though the D.C. City Council passed a measure making gay marriage legal in November, all of its measures must come before Congress for a potential vote of disapproval before they can take effect.