Come on now people. Haven’t you ever watched a couple – at a family reunion, while at the beach, at any of our daily activities – and given a thought of how uncomfortable you might think of those two people being sexually attracted to each other. Perhaps sometimes they aren’t – but often they are. We might find it gross, or amusing, or repulsive, icky, or strange. But we usually are willing to not want to intrude on that couple’s right to private sexual experience. Come on people. We don’t deny people who are in apparently loving relationships be denied of those relationships – not if they are adults, and especially if that relationship is also caring and loving and mutually supportive and monogamous. Most in today’s America are, if not reluctantly tolerant and overlooking of a gay couple living together, are more accepting. It is more and more of a fact in our experience as we see more gay couples in our daily experience and in the images we see in media.
How do we in our civic mind, our sense-of-fairness mind, our intelligent mind, our caring mind, deny a gay couple the opportunity of civic equality? Who am I or who are you to judge a romantic matching? Or to deny full participation in the promise that is being an American? Is your constitutional amendment going to create some great good? Right some wrong? Or will it further distance our communities from gay individuals, gay couples, gay families and their children? Have you ever taken just a small moment to weigh this in your mind, or to imagine how life is for many who live life in the shadows you somehow insist they must reside? Please consider voting against the Virginia marriage amendment in November. Please consider opening the door to full civic acceptance to almost half a million gay Virginians and welcome us into the full participation of and contribution to this great state.