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Virginia amendment Election 2006 open thread

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The marriage amendment has passed.

Delegate Adam Ebbin’s statement on the amendment’s passage just hit my inbox:

We are, of course, saddened that Virginians voted to write discrimination into the our Constitution. Virginians are much more mainstream and fair-minded than this amendment – and we’re becoming more so everyday. It won’t be long before Virginians acknowledge that we’ve embarrassed our state by having written exclusion into our Constitution.

We’ve always said an informed voter was a NO voter. We simply ran out of time needed to reach enough voters before the election.

One of our biggest obstacles was that many thought the outcome was a foregone conclusion. The other side was saying from the beginning that they expected to win 70%-30%.

Well tonight’s vote is not a defeat. It is a setback, because we will not be defeated. Students of history know that what is right will eventually triumph. And I stand here to tell you that we are on the right side of history.

While our Constitution has been stained with today’s vote, I remind you it was Jefferson who said: “A little patience…and the people, recovering their true sight, restore their government to its true principles.” It is difficult to be patient in the face of today’s vote, but I want to assure you: Our day will come!

This Commonwealth once embraced slavery, and we woke up and renounced it. Sadly, this Commonwealth not long ago refused to desegregate its schools, and we woke up and did the right thing. This Commonwealth did not allow women to vote for more than three hundred years, and we woke up and rejected sexism. It is only a matter of time until Virginia once again resoundingly chooses equality over discrimination.

I know that you join me in committing to fight those who seek to limit the rights of the any community, whether because of their race, national origin, gender or sexual orientation. We will not be satisfied until the amendment is repealed and our laws and institutions reflect the true diversity of 21 st Century Virginia.

The alliances that the Coalition has built will provide the foundation for future action to undo the inequity done today.

That makes us even more grateful to the hundreds of organizations and thousands of Virginians from across the political spectrum and all walks of life who took a stand and joined this campaign.

Thanks to the hundreds of clergy who took a moral stand with us.

Thanks to Governor Kaine and former Governors Warner, Wilder and Holton for your leadership.

Congressman Jim Moran has been an unwavering ally and Congressman Bobby Scott stood with us and made a difference – a difference that we will not forget.

Please join me in showing your appreciation to the staff and volunteers of the Commonwealth Coalition.

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Here is the amendment:

BALLOT QUESTION NUMBER 1

Question: Shall Article I (the Bill of Rights) of the Constitution of Virginia be amended to state:

“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.”?

Polls close: 7PM.

The amendment bans civil unions, DPs, and places legal arrangements between unmarried partners at risk.

Big race to watch here, of course, is George “Macaca” Allen (R) and Jim Webb, Jr. (D)

Links:
* CNN’s state page
* Virginia State Board of Elections
* The Commonwealth Coalition

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