Virginia is one of the highly conflicted states. It stems from multiple reasons:
- Rural or urban
- Integrated or segregated
- Homogenized or isolated
- Unenlightened or enlightened
- Devoutly religious or not
- Republican or Democrat
- Old or young
- Straight or gay
- Man or woman
- Married or not
- Excluded or included
The bottom line is that equality in America is without exclusion. You cannot have a nation of equality of people are left out on the basis of just about anything, except being a convicted felon.
The simplest solution for the state and nation is to make marriage and civil partnership equal in the eyes of the law. That way, all rights and privileges from those agreements that are legally recognized partnerships are made equal.
This isn’t rocket science. It is common sense and decency. Congress and governments across the nation should stop wasting scarce and considerable public resources on this matter. Legislate a common law, and let’s move forward, once and for all.
“Va. attorney general plans to fight ban on same-sex marriage
Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring will announce Thursday that he believes the state’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and that Virginia will join two same-sex couples in asking a federal court to strike it down, according to an official close to the attorney general with knowledge about the decision.
The action will mark a stunning reversal in the state’s legal position on same-sex marriage and is a result of November elections in which Democrats swept the state’s top offices. Herring’s predecessor, Republican Ken Cuccinelli II, adamantly opposes gay marriage and had vowed to defend Virginia’s constitutional amendment banning such unions, which was passed in 2006 with the support of 57 percent of voters.”