Virginia Lawmakers Fail to Repeal Gay Marriage Ban

Feb 17, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Patch.com

By Amber Galaviz, Capital News Service State officials joined gay rights activists at a recent press conference to discuss their disappointment in Virginia's failure to repeal the state's constitutional ban against same-sex marriage in this year's General Assembly session.

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Hey BILL!

How about including how many committee members vs TOTAL legislators, and pro vs con legislators, so that your numbers actually tell us something in terms of progress against how much opposition, eh?

Is that 22 supporters vs 50? 100? 150?

Actually TELL us something, Bill, instead of putting a dot in the middle of a big blank sheet and labeling it "you are here".

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They will be required to revisit this again and again and again, until it IS repealed.

I suppose they just like spending more tax-payers's dollars while ignoring the obvious.

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Preventing a vote of the people is the ONLY way the GOPasaurs in the southern states will be able to prevent marriage equality in their states until the courts eventually act.

with the changing demographics in this country, they know the ONLY thing they can do now is to actually stop the people from being able to vote on it.

Anyone else notice the hypocrisy here?

What happened to "let the people vote"??

Oh, that only if you're certain your side will win....

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Quest wrote:
They will be required to revisit this again and again and again, until it IS repealed.
I suppose they just like spending more tax-payers's dollars while ignoring the obvious.
No, it won't be repealed.

As long as the GOP can control even 1 house of their legislature they will be able to indefinitely kill any attempt to put a constitutional amendment to the people for a vote.

THAT will be the entire strategy of the southern states going forward. They know the demographics of even their states are changing dramatically on this, and they know the ONLY way to stop marriage equality will be to prevent a vote of the people.

GOP groups in Ohio already sued to attempt to black the pro-equality side from getting a repeal amendment on the ballot there. They lost in court, so the repeal attempt will go forward.

I'm not saying Ohio is going to pass marriage equality by popular vote in 2014, but EVENTUALLY they WILL if they are allowed to vote.

The anti-gays know this, which is why they will do ANYTHING they can to stop a vote from happening. ANYTHING.

It is absolutely amazing that the anti-gays now OPPOSE letting the people vote on this issue, after spending decades claiming this MUST be put to a vote of the people!

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Look folks, it took a SCOTUS ruling to overturn their ban on interracial marriages(Loving vs Virginia).

Don't ya think it might take the same for Gays and Lesbians to be able to have the right to marry as well?

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I seriously doubt the SCOTUS is coming to our rescue anytime soon; maybe by the end of the decade at the earliest. Though there is a rumor (i.e. wishful thinking) that Justice Kennedy is going to vote to overturn all marriage bans based on the Prop 8 case and then retire from the SCOTUS in Jun.

In the meantime we work state-by-state for the rest of the decade.

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WeTheSheeple wrote:
I seriously doubt the SCOTUS is coming to our rescue anytime soon; maybe by the end of the decade at the earliest. Though there is a rumor (i.e. wishful thinking) that Justice Kennedy is going to vote to overturn all marriage bans based on the Prop 8 case and then retire from the SCOTUS in Jun.
In the meantime we work state-by-state for the rest of the decade.
Interesting.........wonder who started that lil rumor......I'll wait until June to see how things turn out!!!

I didn't say SCOTUS was going to come to the rescue, but I do believe it will take something of that magnitude to change laws in the South and Texas!!!

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NorCal Native wrote:
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Interesting.........wonder who started that lil rumor......I'll wait until June to see how things turn out!!!
I didn't say SCOTUS was going to come to the rescue, but I do believe it will take something of that magnitude to change laws in the South and Texas!!!
Oh I agree, I just don't see that happening any time soon. I really don't have a problem going state-by-state for a few more years and see how things shake out. I think that actually helps us build momentum and gives us time to change people's minds instead of just ramming it through with the courts.

Of course eventually the SCOTUS will have to step in and take care of the remaining (southern) states.

The Kennedy rumor is interesting because I can see it as an unexpected possiblity, though not a probability. Everyone watching the SCOTUS assumes Ginsburg will be the next to step down, but there are always unexpected suprises- like when O'Connor retired and then Rhenquist died leaving 2 vacancies on the court.

Ya never know......

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Oh I agree, I just don't see that happening any time soon. I really don't have a problem going state-by-state for a few more years and see how things shake out. I think that actually helps us build momentum and gives us time to change people's minds instead of just ramming it through with the courts.
Of course eventually the SCOTUS will have to step in and take care of the remaining (southern) states.
The Kennedy rumor is interesting because I can see it as an unexpected possiblity, though not a probability. Everyone watching the SCOTUS assumes Ginsburg will be the next to step down, but there are always unexpected suprises- like when O'Connor retired and then Rhenquist died leaving 2 vacancies on the court.
Ya never know......
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I history repeats itself, this ban will be overruled by the courts soon.

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Look folks, it took a SCOTUS ruling to overturn their ban on interracial marriages(Loving vs Virginia).
Don't ya think it might take the same for Gays and Lesbians to be able to have the right to marry as well?
Yep. It is just a matter of time.

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Yep. It is just a matter of time.
Yep, about another decade, depending on who's on the SCOTUS.
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If they admit doing wrong their credibility in other issues might be questioned .. It takes a very extraordinary person to place reputation below integrity ..

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does this actually surprise anyone... i mean like virginia is the home of the morazz redneck bigot

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FYI-

25 states have legislatures controlled with overwhelming Republican majorities and can stop any attempt to overturn constitutional bans on same-sex couples marrying:

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, & Wyoming.

Only Ohio has a direct citizen initiative/referendum for amending the constitution; the other 24 require legislative approval first.

Not suprisingly those are mostly the same states which required SCOTUS action to overturn their inter-racial marriage bans.
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Really Gay is already here legal in Military theres no turning back
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It is nasty to ride the choclate highway. Yet! I know some real lickers. It is nasty to lick someones private parts. I would like for someone to explain to me how that is normal??

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