Hello everyone. Dan and Bruce were kind enough to invite me to guest-blog here at GayPatriot, an invitation I was pleased to accept. A little bit about me, I’m in my 30s, hail from the great Commonwealth of Virginia, I am Catholic, generally conservative and former active-duty military (from a military family). I also run the Average Gay Joe weblog. Beyond all this I’ll save other personal information for later.
Since my time is somewhat limited this week and the story in this article is currently “Big News” in my home state, I decided for my first posting here to use something I put on my own weblog the other day. (GP Ed. Note: Dan and I are happy to welcome AGJ to GayPatriot!!)
From The Washington Blade:
The Virginia House voted 73 to 22 to approve a constitutional amendment banning equal marriage rights for gays. The proposal must be voted on by the Senate and signed by Gov.-elect Tim Kaine (D) before it can go to voters in November.
Kaine spokeswoman Delacey Skinner said that the governor-elect will sign the bill to call for a referendum. Kaine supports the amendment and opposes civil unions, she said. She added that he is interested in discussing measures — to make sure people can still be able to contract with each other.
My prediction: the Senate will likewise approve this proposed amendment, the new Governor will sign it (as his spokesman indicated), and the electorate will endorse it with nearly 60% or more in favor making Virginia the 19th state to constitutionally prohibit gay marriage. It looks like we will be at the half-way mark in support under Article V of the US Constitution for the proposed Federal Marriage Amendment. Sad but I believe accurate.
There is one item worth noting: a Democrat governor is going to sign this to put it on the ballot and Virginia, like the other states which adopted such amendments, will find it being passed with majority support from the rank-and-file in both parties (along with independents). I haven’t forgotten that it was a Democrat-controlled Congress which in 1993 passed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and a Democrat president which signed it into law, thus codifying the ban on homosexuals openly serving in the Armed Forces. I seem to recall that the Defense of Marriage Act attracted majority support among Democrats in the Senate, along with a sizable number in the House, and was signed into law by a Democrat president in 1996.
Tell me again just why I should sacrifice my core beliefs for the crumbs the DNC tosses out now and then, all while selling out whomever it takes for it’s insatiable lust for power?
UPDATE (from GPW): I doubt that gay groups will treat this Democratic governor as harshly as they treated my Republican Governor (Schwarzenegger) who, unlike his Virginia Democratic counterpart, favors civil unions.