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Saturday, November 04, 2006

On The Marriage Amendment Vote NO

Most of the liberal/Democratic blogs are urging a no vote on ballot issue #1, the so-called marriage amendment to the Virginia Constitution. Opponents of this amendment, also known as the Marshall-Newman amendment, cite its unanticipated consequences as one of the major reasons to vote it down. The language is so vague that it could encourage costly lawsuits.

For the best coverage of the Marshall-Newman Amendment, Vivian Paige has been doing a masterful job over at her blog. Go here , here, and here

What's striking is a number of Republicans and Republican/conservative leaning blogs are also urging a no vote. Bearing Drift gives the reasons why its contributors are urging readers to vote the Marshall-Newman Amendment down.

And in the Burke Connection, Delegate Steve Shanon, a moderate Democrat, who was originally a strong supporter of laws to define marriage as between one man and one woman, and who, indeed, was one of only two Democrats, Chap Peterson was the other one, to vote in favor of this law in the Virginia House of Delegates in 2004 (I yelled at him for it, at the time) has now come out against the Marshall-Newman amendment.

And finally Rick Sincere has a good post on prominent Republicans voting No to the amendment.

I don't usually cut and paste others work, but there's enough out there about how bad this amendment is that I don't need to repeat what others have done better than me. Let it suffice to say that I urge you to vote No on Tuesday.

6 comments:

Steve said...

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There’s plenty to do between now and 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Try phone banking. We're making short, easy calls to previously identified Webb voters reminding them to vote. There's probably no more important activity you can do between now an Election Day. If our voters vote, we win. If they stay home, George Allen wins.
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AnonymousIsAWoman said...

Steve, thanks for all the valuable information. I definitely urge others to go out and help.

I've helped some from the Central Labor Council in Anandale. As much as I hate phone banking, because I am shy, I've done a fair amount. And it gets easier as you do it.

There are a lot of friendly folk out there who have been very responsive and positive about Webb. You'll find it gratifying to call them and talk to them.

Finally, work at your polling place on election day.

I'll be at Fairview that day as I have been every election day for 12 years that I've lived in the neighborhood.

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