Equality Loudoun Member's Response to AG Opinion
This really isn't news. The AG is only talking about the current state of affairs, not the effects that the amendment will have in the face of court challenges by anti-gay activists and puritanical Victorian social engineers. For example, as David pointed out, CCV, the parallel organization to VA's "some" families foundation filed an amicus brief that challenged the notion of domestic violence protection for an unmarried household member, as that legal status "assigns" a benefit of marriage.
The AG also failed to describe that VA is the 2nd most anti-gay state in the nation thanks to the elected officials who crafted the heinous anti-gay language of this amendment, and that passage of the amendment constitutionalizes what at present is merely statutory discrimination.
He also didn't mention that all gay-rights legislative victories will now be subject to challenge.
His line of thinking parallels the legal work of the Family Research Council which supports the notion of reciprocal beneficiaries and uses that legal construct to mask their anti-gay ideology.
Remember that one of the AGs first opinions threw out Governor Kaine's executive order that protected state employees from sexual orientation discrimination. No gay family photos on the desk - having a significant other is an "effect of marriage".
The AG knows who brought him into office (on a very slim margin I might add) and he knows that he will have a very tough primary race against Bill Bolling. Both candidates need to thump their chests to prove their allegiance to fundamentalist "Christian" principals and to party-line puppet masters in Colorado Springs and Virginia Beach.
You've got to pity the bronze-age party bosses who have to choose between McDonnell and Bolling. They've got a tough choice to make. It will be fun to watch the wrestling match between these two Jacobs/Gods.
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