Virginia lawmakers have recently tried to overturn the state’s constitutional ban on marriage equality, but their efforts were not successful. A repeal measure was turned back in a House of Delegates subcommittee yesterday.
Del. Scott Surovell, D-Fairfax County, chief patron of the repeal measure, said public opinion has shifted over the past seven years, making Virginia “increasingly isolated” on the issue. He warned that businesses would be hesitant to locate in Virginia because the state is perceived as unfriendly to gay employees.
Surovell’s measure (HJ665) was defeated on a voice vote with no discussion by the Republican-dominated panel, drawing the support of only one member, Del. Algie Howell, D-Norfolk.
Ugh. One day we’ll make this better.
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“Dear Barack Obama,
It is Sophia Bailey Klugh. Your friend who invited you to dinner. You don’t remember okay that’s fine. But I just wanted to tell you that I am so glad you agree that two men can love each other because I have two dads and they love each other, but at school kids think that it’s gross and weird but it really hurts my heart and feelings so I came to you because you are my hero. If you were me and you had two dads that loved each other and kids at school teased you about it, what would you do?
Please respond! I just wanted to say you really inspire me, and I hope you win on being the president. You would totally make the world a better place.
<3 Your friend Sophia.
P.S. Please tell your daughters hi for me!”
[Read the story behind 10-year-old Sophia’s letter here.]
“My pursuit of orgasm is neither unnatural, nor dangerous, nor scary, nor an infringement of your religious liberty. my sexual activity exists for my benefit, not your pleasure.”
This addresses a whole spectrum of issues with women’s rights and health in reference to legislation. Do, please, watch it.
If this involved trans* people it’d be perfect.