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Businesses Say “NO”

Great article in The Connection Newspapers about the business community’s growing awareness and concern about the unintended consequences of the Marshall/Newman amendment.

Here’s a sample of what NOVA business leaders are saying:

 “Our history in Virginia has been about opening doors, not slamming doors shut,” said J. Douglas Koelemay, managing director of Qorvis Communications, a Tysons Corner public affairs firm. “If this amendment passes, Virginia will be a place where doors are slammed shut. That’s not good for business and that’s not good for anybody else either.”

Update: The Connection Newspapers editorial board urges a NO vote in NOvember:

…take a minute to read the first line of the ballot question, and the second paragraph.
The question is whether Virginians want to modify the state’s Bill of Rights to specifically deny rights to certain people, hardly an appropriate use of the Bill of Rights.
The second paragraph is so broad, it is likely to be interpreted by lawyers and judges to create a wide variety of unintended consequences.
The proposed amendment states that Virginia, “shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage.”
This sort of broad language creates uncertainty, and uncertainty in the business world is never good.
We will address other reasons to vote no on this amendment as the Nov. 7 election day approaches.


August 9, 2006 - Posted by | unintended consequences

1 Comment »

  1. I think it’s great that the business community is speaking out against the amendment! Thanks for the post.

    Comment by MS | August 9, 2006 | Reply

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