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More Editorial Opposition to Ballot Question #1

Washington Post, A Dangerous Amendment

EVEN IF YOU oppose same-sex marriage and think its prohibition should be enshrined in state laws and constitutions, there are ample compelling reasons to oppose Virginia’s Ballot Question No. 1 on Nov. 7. The amendment, intended to forbid a practice that Virginia already forbids, is vague and fraught with potential for unintended harm to gays and straights alike. Its adoption would herald a season of chaos in the state’s courts. …Virginia voters can avoid such a mess by rejecting this unneeded, pernicious measure.

OpEd by history Professor George Harris,  Another Voice: Gay Marriage and Old Virginny

America should know better, but in Virginia, tradition is everything, and apparently bigotry is Virginia’s most abiding tradition. Here, beating up on minorities is a substitute for character practiced by a crowd of cowards, ever waiting for the South to rise again.

The rest of us should remember that for years the practice of Jim Crow in the commonwealth was cloaked in the language of preserving a social fabric soaked in blood. Voting for this hideous amendment is solidly in that Old Virginny, states’ rights, damn the 14th Amendment, yellow-belly tradition. Don’t kid yourself that it’s not.


October 28, 2006 - Posted by | politics of marriage, unintended consequences

1 Comment »

  1. I have seen no clear explanation of the “rights of married couples” and how these differ from the legal and financial rights of individuals. Or how allowing same-sex marriages would diminish or affect “traditional” marriage contracts.

    Comment by betty herbst | October 30, 2006 | Reply

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