Monday, July 03, 2006

Virginia Makes Amends?

The conservatives sure know how to get out the vote.

Take Virginia for example, as Chris Jenkins reports today in the Washington Post, "Virginia voters will decide on Nov. 7 whether the state constitution should be amended to define marriage solely as a union between a man and a woman."

The amendment supporters said they don't feel fundraising pressure because "they were confident door-to-door activism and church networks would be effective." In other words, they'll get out the vote with this base-activating marriage amendment.

Still, both sides of the issue are aggressively raising campaign funds. Democrat governor Timothy Kaine, who opposes the amendment, feels the amendment is too broad and "in my view disenfranchises..... unmarried people, both same-sex or heterosexual couples" and was discriminatory.

But is the amendment, which is basically already a law on the Virginia books, really the issue? Or, is the Republican get-out-the base machine just throwing "red meat" toward the election booth to drive the November vote into their column?

I think we all know the answer.

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