Sunday, September 10, 2006
VA Marshall-Newman Amendment on same-sex marriage
The Commonwealth Coalition of Virginia is mounting a vigorous attack against the Marshall Newman amendment referendum, which would prohibit any legal recognition of any arrangement between any two persons other than a man and woman that approximates marriage. There is a lot of concern about unintended consequences of the amendment.
The Commonwealth Coalition has worked heavily with Equality Virginia.
Various judges and conservative groups have argued that a constitutional amendment trying to define marriage is bad for "governance" and could actually harm businesses or other persons outside the GLBT community or drive business away from Virginia.
There is a more detailed posting on my "Major Issues" blog.