Friday, January 27, 2006
For all the people who are unhappy with Gov. Tim Kaine for turning his back on the gay community and supporting a referendum that declares marriage only between a man and a woman, take heart, maybe...
The governor has now said he does not support the full wording of the proposed constitutional amendment.
The amendment reads:
“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.”
Virginian Pilot reports that “Dyana Mason, executive director of Equality Virginia, a gay rights organization, said her group will ask Kaine to rewrite the ballot language so that the full amendment appears rather than an abbreviated version being backed by the amendment’s sponsors.”
But in order to change the actual language in the ballot, Kaine would need approval from both the Senate and the House. To change the language used in explaining the measure to voters in November is strictly within his power.
Kaine said he could support the amendment if it were limited to the first sentence. However, the governor found fault with the remainder of the proposal. He said the wording is so vague that it could outlaw many types of contracts
between unmarried people.
“There’s just no reason we need to do that,” Kaine said. “I just think we’ll be buying problems if we go down that road.”
Virginians don't hate gays.
So this is another example of legislators using fear to betray the good intentions of their constituents.
Bad news all the way around.