On behalf of a group of a group of libertarian and Republican individuals in the Washington, D.C. area, including, David Boaz and Stephen H. Miller, Don and Karol Boudreaux ” Kelly Young and Bill Reinsmith, Charles Francis, Jonathan Rauch and Michael Lai, Stephen Herbits, William Mellor and Alison LingScott and, Vanessa Barbee, David Lampo as well as Hon. Steve Gunderson and Jonathan Stevens, I wanted to give you a headsup about a fundraising reception featuring Andrew Sullivan.
While this blog is often at odds with Andrew, we join him in opposing the Virginia ballot measure to ban all legal recognition of relationships between unmarried couples. The reception is this coming Thursday, September 21, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Bring checks payable to The Commonwealth Coalition.
The Commonwealth Coalition is a diverse group of individuals, businesses, and civic, community and religious organizations who have joined together to oppose the proposed Marshall/Newman amendment to the Virginia bill of rights that will be on the ballot this fall on election day, November 7, 2006. The proposed amendment does not just define marriage as between one man and one woman, as proponents assert. It goes well beyond that and beyond existing state law to ban all legal recognition of relationships between unmarried couples (gay and straight). The effect of the amendment will be to render unenforceable any agreement between two unmarried people that “intends” to approximate the benefits, significance, OR effects of marriage. The amendment also bans government recognition of civil unions and domestic partnerships outright. For more information about The Commonwealth Coalition and the amendment, visit them on the web.