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Tim Kaine will not sign VA marriage amendment

Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, the recipient of an avalanche of criticism on this blog for his spineless indifference regarding the effect of the state’s hostile marriage amendment on his gay constituents, issued a statement urging voters to reject it, and will not give the bill his blessing by signing it. The amendment will be on the ballot this fall.

As he is a “New (faux) Dem”, Kaine’s using the cover that it will inadvertently affect unmarried heterosexual couples, and wasted no time in his statement reiterating, a la sHillary, that he believes marriage is between a man and a woman. W-E-A-K. (WaPo):

In a symbolic move, a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage will go on the Nov. 7 ballot without the signature of Gov. Timothy M. Kaine.

…”I believe that marriage is between one man and one woman, and current Virginia law makes that abundantly clear,” Kaine, a former civil-rights lawyer, said in a statement yesterday.

“But I am concerned that the broad wording of the proposed constitutional amendment goes much further than that, threatening the constitutional rights of individuals to enter into private contracts, and also threatening the discretion of employers to extend certain benefits, such as health care coverage, to unmarried couples.”

Meanwhile, the Family Foundation Action yesterday criticized the Democratic governor — who reached out to social and religious conservatives during the campaign — for “reversing his position” because he completed a candidate survey last year indicating support of the amendment.

“It is disappointing that a governor who has spoken so eloquently about his faith has chosen to break his campaign promise,” Victoria Cobb, the group’s president, said in a statement.

This heinous amendment will ban civil unions, domestic partnerships and any relationship/legal arrangement that approximates marriage; how vocal will Kaine be in asking voters to reject it?

The text:

“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.”

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