State’s Marriage Proposal Hits Home in Arlington

[Excellent coverage of the broad implications of the anti-marriage amendment and the fact that most Virginians will not support it if they know what it says. This is the information that needs to get out there.]

Washington Post Arlington Extra
January 26, 2006
By Jamie Stockwell

Gay County Board Member, Others Decry Amendment

Neither Jay Fisette nor his partner of 22 years has given much thought to the idea of marriage. Besides, as Virginians, marriage isn’t even an option for the same-sex couple.

And so Fisette, an Arlington County Board member, said he was surprised at how deeply hurt he felt last week by the overwhelming passage of state legislation to ban gay marriage.

The proposed constitutional amendment, poised to go before voters in November, sailed through the House of Delegates and was expected to face little resistance this week in the Senate. The measure passed both chambers last year but must be approved again this session before it can be put on the ballot.

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