Blogging the Amendment

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

Labor and Business United in NO

At its convention last week, the AFL-CIO voted to oppose the Marshall/Newman amendment.

Now labor is united with an increasing number of folks in the business community, local officials and other public employers in agreeing that NO is the right answer to Ballot Question #1!

After all, why would either business or labor want to support an amendment to the constitution that permanently constrains their ability to negotiate or pay equal benefits to all employees regardless of their sexual orientation or marital status? 

After all, why would either labor organizations (like the VEA or the Professional Firefighters) or state and local employers want to be in the situation where no public employer (including schools, colleges and universities) could ever offer their unmarried employees domestic partner benefits equal to those offered to the spouses of married employees? 

The Marshall/Newman amendment will make radical changes in the status quo that will permanently limit the ability of Virginia public and private employers to compete for the best and most capable employees.  This will hurt our economy and every taxpayer who wants their child taught by the BEST professors or teachers available or their lives protected by the best available firefighter or police officer regardless of marital status or sexual orientation.

Don’t write discrimination into Virginia’s Bill of Rights!

Read ALL of Ballot Question #1; then vote NO on NOvember 7th!

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August 25, 2006 - Posted by | discrimination, economic impact, politics of marriage, unintended consequences

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