Saturday, September 30, 2006

The attack on liberty and same sex marriage in Virginia

Virginia voters will be faced with a proposed amendment to the Virginia constitution to not only ban same sex marriages but also banning the recognition of legal relationship between unmarried individuals, heterosexual or homosexual. The irony is that Virginia, well known for the Virginia Declaration of Rights that was the first constitution protection of individual rights anywhere, may soon be expanding the power of the government to restrict individual rights. This is absolutely awful legislation that this blog has argued against here, here, here and here.

Here is the wording of the proposed amendment:

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."?

The Commonwealth Coalition is the umbrella organization in Virginia working to defeat this attack on liberty. Go to the Commonwealth Coalition website here and listen to messages about the amendment. To see the Commonwealth Coalition’s last television ad, go here.

How can you help?

Join the Commonwealth Coalition here and view the volunteer opportunities here.
Go to the Commonwealth Coalition website here and make a secure contribution now to stop this amendment. This plea for contributions is not only for Virginians but for out-of-staters who may be reading this blog – tell them that Sisyphus sent you.

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