Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A Marriage Amendment for Virginia

The Washington Post reports:

A proposal to write a ban on same-sex marriage into the Virginia Constitution has won easy Senate passage... on a 28-to-11 vote.

That sends it to the House where easy passage is also expected. After that, it heads to the statewide ballot in November for the required voter approval to amend it to the Constitution...

Meanwhile, a Republican state delegate in Maryland said he is close to forcing a vote on whether same-sex marriages should be banned in that state's constitution.

Del. H. Dwyer Jr. (R-Anne Arundel) said he has 44 of 47 signatures needed to bring his proposed amendment to a full House vote. Republicans began pushing for the gay marriage question to be on this fall's ballot after a Baltimore judge ruled last week that state law banning same-sex marriages is unconstitutional. That decision is being appealed.

It is good to see legislators doing their jobs instead of choosing total reliance on the courts.

Click here for earlier coverage of the situation in Maryland.

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