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Local Government Officials Continue to Express Concern about Ballot Question #1

On Tuesday, October 17, 2006, at the Virginia Municipal League Annual meeting, the following statement was adopted:

In regard to the proposed constitutional amendment on the November 2006 ballot (Ballot Question Number 1), defining marriage and barring the state and its localities from recognizing any legal status for relationships of unmarried persons:

Be it resolved that the VML expresses concern about the implications of the proposed constitutional amendment, which could represent state interference with local government options, choices and competitiveness. And, that we urge our member localities to become more informed on the issue and hold a full discussion of the issue, particularly with respect to the implications of paragraph #2.

The Virginia Municipal League is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town and county governments established in 1905 to improve and assist local governments through legislative advocacy, research, education and other services. The membership includes all 39 cities in the state, 156 towns and 16 urban counties.

The vote was taken following a morning session at which both sides presented arguments for and against the proposed amendment.

The League’s action follows votes by the Arlington County Board and the Alexandria and Falls Church City Councils to oppose the amendment.

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October 20, 2006 - Posted by | unintended consequences

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