October 24, 2006
Question 1 on November's ballot asks voters to vote yes or no on a Constitutional Amendment designating marriage between a man and a woman. At a news conference in Richmond, Governor Tim Kaine voiced his concerns about the necessity for the change.
"This states what has long been Virginia law that marriage is between a man and a woman. It is something that I support. Virginia law has never been otherwise. I strongly believe that to be true," Governor Kaine said.
While Governor Kaine agrees with the heterosexual marriage aspect, he believes the language of other parts of the proposal to be murky, possibly causing problems for civil unions.
"In many ways it's not really a Marriage Amendment because marriage is already the law in Virginia," he said.
During last night's Fifth District Congressional debate, the proposal hit center stage. Incumbent Republican Virgil Goode said he is in favor of the bill while Independent Green Party candidate Joseph Oddo said he thought the law infringed on people's rights.
"The Government wrote the Bill of Rights to protect the rights of people from their government," Oddo said.
It was a fact that many along the Downtown Mall seem to agree with.
"It's severely a form of discrimination. Yes! That's like saying someone of a different race shouldn't have the same rights," Cindy Leal.
"This state and this country is about equal rights for all, not special rights for straight people and married people," said Jim McKinley-Oakes.
The ballot also has two other Constitutional change proposals. The second question is a change in an amendment that is now obsolete after it was ruled unconstitutional. The third question has to deal with the way localities can tax some landowners.