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Amendment battles tighten up in Arizona, Virginia

A new poll in Arizona, conducted by the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University for KAET-TV, has some good news:

56% of voters oppose the amendment, 14 percent of those surveyed are undecided.

365gay reports that over the last month, the opposition to the amendment has grown and the number of undecideds has dropped since the last poll.

In Virginia, the gap is closing. It should be a nail-biter:

42% oppose the amendment, 52% will vote for it.

The latter figure is down from 54% last month. In this battle for the undecideds, it’s tough going for both sides — how do you sway 6% and win over some who plan to vote for it?

Last Tuesday Governor Tim Kaine signed a declaration opposing the measure, becoming the the 200th lawyer Virginia to do so. He’s alarmed — as he should be — that there will be an economic impact on his state if it votes for bigotry. That amendment will ban civil unions, partnerships or any legal status approximating the rights conveyed with marriage.

From my earlier post on this, Migrating out of legally gay-hostile Virginia, the fundies are trying to get out of the way of the anvil of blame that will fall on their heads if this passes. This disingenuous statement makes you want to hurl:

Victoria Cobb, executive director of the Family Foundation, the Richmond-based group that backed the 2004 law and the proposed constitutional amendment, said the goal isn’t to drive gay people out. She said “extreme homosexual organizations” might be trying to frighten their members by circulating false information about the amendment. She said it wouldn’t add new restrictions on gays but would simply underscore the ways their relationships are already restricted.

I think it’s extremely sad they would leave because of something they were never allowed to do anyway,” said Cobb, who said she believed gays could go to court to defend themselves if a partner’s family members challenged their right to own property in common, arrange powers of attorney or visit each other in the hospital.

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And a side note from Washington State:

The state Supreme Court will stand by its endorsement of Washington’s gay marriage ban, justices said Wednesday.

Gay and lesbian couples had asked the justices to reconsider their 5-4 ruling upholding the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1998 law limiting marriage to opposite-sex couples.

The court’s denial, signed by Chief Justice Gerry Alexander, is the final word in the case. Further appeal is not possible because no federal legal issues were raised.

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