October 31, 2006
Another contentious issue on the ballot next week is the marriage amendment. An event Tuesday at the University of Virginia was rallying support against the proposal.
The program called "Virginia is for lovers" was sponsored by the LGBT resource center and the office of African American Affairs. The featured speaker, chairman of the NAACP Julian Bond, is an outspoken opponent of the marriage amendment. Bond says marriage is the civil right of all Americans.
“If you're religious and you don't want a same sex marriage in your church, good for you. But don't stop people from going down to city hall and performing that civil ceremony that gives us married people 1100 various rights,” said Bond.
The proposed amendment being put to voters on November 7th says marriage is only a union between one man and one woman.