Richmond Times Dispatch Says NO on Ballot Question #1
In a lengthy editorial published this morning, the conservative Richmond Times Dispatch opined: “On this amendment, as written, we incline against.”
The editorial asks two questions: is the amendment necessary? will it accomplish what is intended? The answers to both are no.
“First, Is the amendment necessary? The answer: Probably not — not now.”
The TD points out that gay marriage and civil unions are already illegal in Virginia and that the Federal Defense of Marriage Law protects Virginia from any forced application of other states laws that conflict with ours.
“Second, What would the amendment accomplish? The answer: Probably not what is intended.”
The TD points out that contrary to getting judges out of the business of defining marriage, the amendment, as proposed, has exactly the opposite effect:
“If adopted, would the amendment enable the most mischievous judges to find in the amendment’s second and third sentences whatever meanings they might choose? In seeking to make it more difficult for judges to invalidate Virginia’s laws regarding marriage — laws not under current onslaught — would the amendment actually make it more difficult for the legislature to correct a wacky judiciary’s crazy spins on the amendment’s language?”
Like The Commonwealth Coalition itself editorial opinion around the state is divided in its reasons for doing so but united in saying NO to Ballot Question #1!
Whether you are for full marriage equality or merely against messing around with our constitution in ways that will result in nothing more than litigation and unbridled judicial intervention in our most private decisions, one thing is clear: the right answer to Ballot Question #1 is NO, NO, NO, a million times NO.