M. Caldwell Butler
Former Republican Congressman from the 6th Congressional District and former Minority Leader of the House of Delegates
Don’t need to say much more than that … but here’s some more of what he said in an OpEd published in the Roanoke Times today:
Every voter at the polls on Nov. 7 will be provided with an “explanation.” The last paragraph of the “Explanation” of “Ballot Question Number 1” reads:
“A ‘yes’ vote on the proposed amendment will result in the addition of the proposed section 15A to Article I, the Bill of Rights. A ‘no’ vote will mean that there will be no changes made in Article I, the Bill of Rights.”
If a voter is considering a “yes” vote and determined to make this language a part of the Bill of Rights, he or she might inquire: “What right is created?” Certainly, no right is created in the first paragraph of the proposal, which reads: “That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid or recognized by this Commonwealth.”
Clearly, this is not a right. It is going the other way and the wrong way!
Simply stated, the proposed language (which is mean-spirited, unwarranted, poorly drafted and already in the code itself) does not belong in the constitution of Virginia, and certainly nowhere in our Bill of Rights.
Vote “no” on Proposed Amendment No. 1 to the constitution of Virginia.