Same-Sex Marriage

On November 7, 2006, Virginians voted to ban same-sex marriage and civil unions by amending the state's constititution. The amendment passed with 57 percent of the vote. Supporters say the amendment is clear: marriage can only exist between a man and a woman. Opponents say the language goes beyond that and could lead to legal discrimination against all unmarried couples. As marriage has traditionally represented not only a civil union but a religious one, the dialogue about what is right contains both legal and moral implications.

1) Reverend Nancy McDonald Ladd, Bull Run Unitarian Universalists
2) Bishop Paul S. Loverde, Catholic Bishop of Arlington
3) Claire Guthrie Gasta?aga, Campaign Manager, The Commonwealth Coalition
4) Victoria Cobb, spokeswoman for volunteers: Elaine and Harry Hanger
Virginia residents: Jennifer Carter and John Forbes
Former Virginia residents: John Clisham and Barry Parsons

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