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.