"I'd always thought Virginia was for lovers, not against them," Bond told a forum at the University of Virginia where he is a professor. "Marriage is a civil right. If you don't want gay people to marry in your church, good for you. But you can't say they can't marry in your city."
The broadly-written measure would also prevent civil unions and likely void domestic partner benefits for same-sex and opposite sex couples. More and more well known Virginians are opposing the amendment because of its breadth and its potential to affect all non married couples. Last week Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine became the 200th noted attorney to sign a statement opposing the proposed ban.
Julian Bond is a longtime supporter of LGBT rights. This weekend the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force will honor him with its National Leadership Award at a ceremony in Miami.
Bond Against Marriage Amendment (UVA-Cavalier Daily)
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