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01/26/2010

Yes, Virginia, there is a sane need to take pause

by Jeremy Hooper

VAOh, Virginia. You're such a pretty state. Lush, green, gorgeous. Plus your personality is an interesting one, too, what with its unique blends: Southern, but with some degree of Northiness; sometimes red, sometimes blue. And let's face it -- your name has far more comic potential than most other states, holding both a phonetic connection to female genitalia and the word "virgin" right inside the state's name. That we like.

But Old Dominion State, you also make us sad. That's because we try so damn hard to be your friend, but your policies in terms of our rights as LGBT human beings are far from friendly. Michael Hamar, a bloggy VA local, breaks down that short-sightedness here:

Here is an overview of Virginia's treatment of its LGBT citizens as analyzed by the Williams Institute:
Virginia is a Homphobe's Paradise [Michael in Norfolk]

Now as for you, West VA...

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Your thoughts

You know, I always knew that most of Virginia is pretty homophobic. I put it up there with Oklahoma and Wyoming. But when you see that the state actually forbids private companies from giving health benefits to unmarried couples, that's pretty bad.

On top of that, the state actually voids all domestic partnerships.

Virginia is definitely a place I wouldn't want to live.

Posted by: Sam | Jan 26, 2010 10:42:41 AM

Sam, I live in Arlington, VA the part that DC gave back. It's very liberal, very gay friendly. Unfortunately the rest of the state isn't. I will most likely move back to DC or Maryland when married. No need to wait for VA to catch up.

Posted by: Bob | Jan 26, 2010 7:36:49 PM

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