Culpeper Star Exponent Says NO!
It’s a difficult decision says the Culpeper paper … but the answer the editorial board reached is NO to Ballot Question #1. Here’s why:
There’s plenty of conjecture and uncertainty to go around. On the surface it seems crystal clear, but this is far from a cut-and-dry issue. Therefore, taking a stand for or against the marriage amendment is a very difficult decision.
On one hand, we certainly back traditional marriage and understand the genuine intent of a nationwide cultural movement that seeks to prevent homosexual unions and polygamy.
On the other hand, we don’t know if changing the state constitution with this wording is necessary. Constitutions should be changed sparingly, and we believe the legal framework is in place to properly maintain the status quo in Virginia.
If specific challenges arise down the road, let’s cross that bridge when we need to. Until then, we ever so slightly lean toward a no vote.
The Star Exponent is right. There is no “fire” or “emergency” here.
Caution and common sense counsel, NO on Ballot Question #1.