Town Hall Meeting



Please Join Us for

Town Hall Meeting

Monday, February 6, 2006
7:00 PM with

Senator John C. Watkins
Delegate Katherine B. Waddell
Delegate R. Lee Ware

at Midlothian Middle School
13501 Midlothian Turnpike

This is your opportunity to question, comment, propose, and complain to your state senator and your state representative. And it is your citizenship responsibility in our democracy to participate in forming the issues that will directly affect you in your daily lives. No one can credibly complain if they do nothing. Can you really be critical of our politicians and our government if you are unwilling to spend only two hours of your time to attend a town hall meeting? And can you honor the sacrifice and courage of those who came before, and fought for the liberty, freedom, and equality we take for granted, and yet not make the effort to participate, or at least familiarize yourself with the issues?

Too often there is the observation that special interest groups are running things – this night you are the special interest group.

Whether you have concerns about education, transportation, quality of life, illegal immigrants, taxes, or many other areas of state government – this is the opportunity to hear the position of your elected officials and an opportunity for you to have an input.

An example is an amendment to our state Bill of Rights that you will be asked to vote on in November. This amendment will, for the first time in our state’s history, insert into our Constitution, discrimination against a minority group – AND will in addition, prevent legal rights to ANY unmarried couple in the state. This amendment follows:

ARTICLE I

BILL OF RIGHTS

Section 15-A. Marriage.

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. This 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.

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