Virginians Deserve Better
Yesterday Lowell at Raising Kaine posted a diary where he shared the stories of several Virginians who were concerned that the possible passage of the Marshall/Newman Amendment – Ballot Question 1 – would drive good Virginians from the Commonwealth.
I know that Virginians are concerned that our leaders in the General Assembly have placed us on the wrong path. I know that they are concerned for their futures, and I know that they are sad to see our Commonwealth consider the enactment of a law which will discriminate against their fellows, rather than include all of us as equals in society.
I’ve lived in Virginia nearly all my life. I love this place, and my profession would make it difficult to move. But damn, sometimes it’s tough.
I maintain because I know so many people of good will in this state – Republicans and Democrats – who understand that orientation has nothing to do with ability or worth.
I maintain because I know that this state’s history is unique in the nation. Virginia chartered America’s liberties, then worked most strongly to restrict them, and finally began the process to redeem itself by electing a leader from the ranks of the formerly disenfranchised. Virginia is America.
I maintain because I know that even my opponents know that human rights will not be denied, and that love and aspirations cannot be contained.
People – friends of mine – have left Virginia since 2004 because of the relentless assault upon honest, hardworking, productive Virginians which has been perpetrated by the right wing cabal led by Bob Marshall, Steve Newman and Kathy Byron. No Virginian sued to legalize same-sex marriage. No Delegate or Senator introduced a bill to do so. No judge ruled that it was possible. And yet these ideologues chose to disparage productive Virginians and endanger the well-being and relationships of every unmarried citizen, all for political gain.
This makes me angry, but it doesn’t make me despair. I know that this amendment will fail because Virginians – a conservative people – do not want government to interfere in their families.
I know this amendment will fail because Virginians – a proud people – do not want to stain their Bill of Rights with a statement of intolerance.
And, I know this amendment will fail because we – true Virginians – have had enough. We’re going to make certain that we do all we can to get our voters to the polls on November 7, to vote down this mean-spirited and harmful amendment.
Vote No. Vote No for yourself, and Vote No for your fellow Virginians. We all deserve nothing less.