Sunday, October 29, 2006

Campaign to defeat “marriage” amendment needs volunteers and money

There is a little over a week left for Virginia voters to consider the pros and cons of the amendment to Virginia’s constitution to place restrictions upon the institution of marriage and marriage-like relationships. The initial thrust of the proposal is to write discrimination against gays into the state constitution but the vague language beyond the first sentence threatens contractual and common law rights of unmarried couples also.

The proposed amendment reads:

Question: Shall Article I (the Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to state:
"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."?

Read the ten reasons to vote against this proposed amendment here.

The Commonwealth Coalition was formed to defeat this proposal. They are very much in need of volunteers and money. If you can volunteer, check out the volunteer opportunities here. If you can make a financial contribution, go here.

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