Blogging the Amendment

Offering a Forum to Discuss the Pros and Cons of the Marshall/Newman Amendment

Reasoned Debate?

Skeptical Observer calls The Commonwealth Coalition’s website “dishonest” for depicting all of the Virginians whose private lives will be affected by the Marshall/Newman amendment.  The Coalition is for keeping the government out of all of our private lives and for ensuring that couples will continue to have the right to make medical decisions for their loved ones and guardianship arrangments for their children.  We’re against this Pandora’s box amendment that writes discrimination into the constitution and jeopardizes the business climate of Virginia.


July 22, 2006 - Posted by | politics of marriage, straight couples


  1. The biggest problem I have with the amendment is that it would “write discrimination into the constitution.” Not only against people in same-sex relationships, but potentially everyone who resides in the commonwealth.

    Right now, conservatives only want to use the amendment in order to hamper the rights of those who are in a same sex marriage. The problem is, you don’t know how someone will want to use the amendment down the road. That is why all changes to Virginia’s constitution must be done with the utmost amount of care.

    We already have a law on the books that makes same-sex marriage illegal, which means opponents of same sex marriage have already accomplished their goal of preventing GLBTs from experiencing the rights they deserve. Adding the amendment would simply add the potential for misinterpretation down the road.

    Comment by Ambivalent Mumblings | July 22, 2006 | Reply

  2. Right now, conservatives only want to use the amendment in order to hamper the rights of those who are in a same sex marriage.

    I’m not so sure about that. They could have specified same sex couples in the second paragraph, as was the case with the “Affirmation of Marriage Act,” but didn’t. I suspect that at least some of the fanatical proponents of this amendment really do envision an America in which there is no option for life other than being heterosexually married and procreating. The fact that heterosexual unmarried couples would also be caught in this net is not just acceptable collateral damage to them, but part of the objective.

    Comment by David | July 23, 2006 | Reply

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