Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

Virgina passes "Marriage Affirmation Act" banning any "partnership contract or other arrangements that purport to provide the benefits of marriage," to take effect July 1, ratified over the governor's intent to veto. (Also, PlanetOut article.)

This does not make me want to move to a desert island or some nation that has across the board legal benefits for same-sex unions. Rather, it reminds me how much i want to do work doing education around queer issues.

I mean, why leave the telling
up to everybody else?
This may be god's country,
but it's my country too;
move over mr. holiness,
and let the little people through.

Where is the blogosphere on this? I want Andrew Sullivan, Eugene Volokh, all them to weigh in.

The bill says:
A civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges or obligations of marriage is prohibited. Any such civil union, partnership contract or other arrangement entered into by persons of the same sex in another state or jurisdiction shall be void in all respects in Virginia and any contractual rights created thereby shall be void and unenforceable.
penknife says:
The governor of Virginia tried to amend the bill to remove the worst parts. He said the bill as it stands could mean "business partners of the same gender being unable to enter into a business partnership agreement outlining the division of property if the partnership dissolves" and "could void medical directives designating a close friend of the same sex to make necessary health decisions." His attempt to amend the bill failed.
Tags: issues: same-sex marriage

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