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2/10/2005 12:40:34 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Virginia Passes Marriage Amendment

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February 10, 2005


Virginia Passes Marriage Amendment


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Good news! The Marriage Amendment to the constitution passed the
Virginia Senate a few days ago by a vote of 30 to 10. Two days ago it
also passed the entire House. We praise God for this strong
endorsement and future protection of the family.

This amendment would not only prohibit same-sex marriages or the
recognition of them from other states, but would also prohibit civil
unions and prevent the transfer of traditional marriage benefits to
same-sex couples. This is a significant victory for the family.

However, the battle is not over. Virginia requires that all
constitutional amendments pass the Senate and House twice, and there
has to be an election cycle between the votes. After the amendment is
passed a second time it goes to the people to be voted on in a public
referendum. Therefore, the Marriage Amendment has to be passed again
next year, and if it is, it will be on the ballot in November 2006.

We have high expectations that this will happen. There is no need to
make any calls at this time, except to thank those who voted for the
House and Senate versions. The only Senators who voted against the
bill were Senators Edwards, Howell, Lambert, Locke, Lucas, Marsh,
Puller, Saslaw, Ticer, and Whipple. Every other Senator voted for the
amendment.


THE ACTUAL LANGUAGE OF THE AMENDMENT

RESOLVED by the House of Delegates, the Senate concurring, a majority
of the members elected to each house agreeing that marriage is central
to the liberty, happiness, and prosperity of a free and virtuous
people, and is, among other things, a natural and optimal institution
for uniting the two sexes in a committed, complimentary, and conjugal
partnership for begetting posterity and for providing children with
the surest opportunity to be raised by their mother and father, and,
be it

RESOLVED FURTHER that the following amendment to the Constitution of
Virginia and the same hereby, is proposed and referred to the General
Assembly at its first regular session held after the next general
election...

The actual article to the bill of rights is Section 15-A, called
Marriage. "That in this Commonwealth, a marriage shall consist
exclusively of the union of one man and one woman. Neither the
Commonwealth nor its political subdivisions shall create or recognize
another union, partnership, or other legal status which is assigned
the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."

We thank all of you who were involved in making the Marriage Amendment
a reality. There are still some technical procedures that need to be
accomplished to complete the process this year, but for all intents
and purposes the Marriage Amendment is passed. We are looking forward
to the General Assembly voting on it again next year, and the final
vote by the people in November 2006.

Sincerely,


Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel



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