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Anti-gay Democratic Virginia Tim Keane lost no time in putting gay Virginians in their place. From Pam's House Blend:
The state also saw the swearing-in today in of a new governor, Democrat Tim Kaine, who opposes both same-sex marriage and civil unions. He has promised to sign the measure that places the amendment on the ballot after the Senate passes the proposal once more. Even more depressing is that measures that would have limited the scope of the amendment's discrimination were deep-sixed. (WashBlade):
Kaine spokeswoman Delacey Skinner said that the governor-elect will sign the bill to call for a referendum. Kaine supports the amendment and opposes civil unions, she said. She added that he is interested in discussing measures "to make sure people can still be able to contract with each other."
However, efforts to limit the scope of the vaguely worded amendment were defeated. Del. Kristen J. Amundson's (D-District 44) amendment, which received only 35 votes, would have eliminated all language except for: "Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions."
Del. Vivian Watts' (D-District 39) amendment was also rejected by a vote of 36 to 60. She proposed including a clarification that the amendment would not change "any other right, benefit, obligation or legal status pertaining to persons not married."
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Will Stonewall Democrats publicly condemn Keane? This is the same guy who used gay-baiting ads against his Republican opponent.