marriage bans

Remember When W. VA’s Bigots Claimed Gays Were Assassinating Straight Families?

West Virginia’s Republican State Sens. Donna Boley and David Nohe are working with their colleagues in the House of Delegates to draft legislation that would let voters choose whether to amend the state constitution to ban same-sex marriage. Haven’t we been here before? With more violent imagery?

Yep! Back in 2009, lawmakers tried this same stunt. In the House it was overwhelmingly shot down.

But this time Boley and Nohe think they’ve got a chance to get their bill put before the full Senate for a vote. The draft, which matches one being trafficked in the House, would have voters yaying or naying this: “Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this state and its political subdivisions. This state and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for same-sex relationships to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities or effects of marriage.”

Unsurprisingly, the West Virginia Family Foundation is tripping over itself in glee: “Senate Joint Resolution 5 and House Joint Resolution 18 will constitutionally protect marriage as only between one man and one woman,” says the group’s president Kevin McCoy, “preventing activist judges from radically redefining marriage in our state.”

Now let’s hope this time around, advocates for marriage discrimination lose the sniper cross-hairs they were using in last year’s failed campaign to ban same-sex unions. (Wait for the 1:00 mark.) Because, you might have heard, this type of imagery is no longer kosher. As you can see in this 2009 video promoting WVForMarriage.com, from the Georgia-based Campaign Secrets, gays have straight families in their sights! RUN!!!

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