The Marriage Amendment

Americans continue to argue about the meaning and purpose of marriage and therefore who should be allowed to marry. Opponents of same-sex marriage argue that it would undermine traditional marriage and families because the purpose of marriage is procreation and the raising of children. Advocates of same-sex marriage argue that marriage is a private matter between two people and that same-sex families do not threaten traditional families.

That only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. The Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.

--Section 15-A of the Virginia Bill of Rights in the Constitution of Virginia, ratified November 7, 2006

That is the law. Is it justice?

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