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09/15/2006

Virginia AG proffers opinion; in our opinion, it's faulty

by Jeremy Hooper

 Virginia's Attorney General, Bob McDonnell (pic.), has issued a legal opinion saying that the state's proposed constitutional amendment banning gay marriage would not affect key domestic partner benefits.

Unless, of course, that "benefit" is "knowing that your fellow citizens respect your sexual orientation and relationship and would never in a million years vote to squash your equal rights access." That benefit? Gonna be obliterated.

McDonnell's opinion runs contrary to that of Gov. TIm Kaine, who is encouraging folks to vote against the discriminatory measure. It also runs contrary to this writer, who is encouraging ban supporters to for just one second check their convictions, allow the possibility that they may be wrong, and put themselves in the shoes of the gay residents to imagine what the threat of tyranny encroaching upon your relationship actually feels like.

McDonnell issues legal opinion on amendment to ban same-sex marriage [Virginian Pilot]

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