Update on Fight For Gay Marriage Equality in Virginia

I live and work and Virginia. I know, I know. My friends & family think I’m crazy and all ask: “Why in the world would you live in such a backward, anti-gay state?” To this, I say: “Because I have wonderful neighbors and a great neighborhood. Here in Northern Viriginia, I find far more allies than antagonists and, besides, I like it here!”
If some of us from the GLBT community don’t stay in VA and fight discriminatory legislation along wth our straight allies, how will things ever change?
Enter The Commonwealth Coalition (“The Coalition”), which is a diverse group of individuals, businesses, and civic, community and religious organizations who have joined together to oppose the proposed amendment to the Virginia bill of rights that will be on the ballot this fall on election day, November 7, 2006.
According to The Coalition, the Marshall/Newman amendment would add to the VA constitution language that would go well beyond prohibiting same sex marriage to prohibit any and all legal recognition of unmarried relationships, gay or straight.
This amendment would add the following text to Virginia’s Bill of Rights: “That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.”
Polls now show that 54% of Virginia voters are either against this amendment or are undecided. So, The Coalition needs your help to ensure this amendment is defeated on November 7th!
Join the coalition as an individual, educate yourself about the far-reaching effects of this amendment and download pledge forms so you can help identify the 1 million votes the GLBT community and its allies need to win in November. Or, volunteer – there are plenty of opportunities, no matter where you live!
To stay posted on the issues around this amendment, check out the Vote No VA blog.

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