Equal Rights: Iowa, Vermont, DC ... Virginia next?
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In the wake of recent equal rights votes in Iowa, Vermont, and DC, Virginia 2009 state delegate candidate (and respected environmental blogger) Miles Grant today boldly proposed Virginia move in the same direction:
â€œWith each passing day, Virginiaâ€™s harsh restrictions on marriage and even simple domestic partnerships are cast in deeper contrast to the steady march of progress weâ€™re seeing across America. We take pride in Virginiaâ€™s policies that attract world-class businesses. But the best businesses in the world need the top workers in the world. What message are we sending about Virginiaâ€™s values when we tell some of those workers theyâ€™re not allowed to commit their lives to the person they love and start a family together?"
â€œItâ€™s time to move our Commonwealth forward by repealing the Marshall-Newman amendment and recognizing full marriage rights for all Virginians. Weâ€™re not talking about special protections â€“ these actions would simply ensure that all families receive basic rights, including financial protections, hospital visitation access and ability to adopt and retain custody of their children. As delegate, Iâ€™ll make it one of my top priorities to ensure civil liberties for all Virginians.â€
Wouldn't it be nice if bold progressive like that actually got elected to office? Well, ahem, they can. Miles is running a great ground game in advance of the June 2009 primary. You can help him resource his campaign by chipping in here.
Adam Green is cofounder of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee (PCCC) , dedicated to helping progressive candidates run progressive campaigns and win.
He is also interim CEO of Change Congress , a reform group formed by Prof. Lawrence Lessig and Joe Trippi to reform congressional elections and special-interest influence on Congress.
Adam formerly served as Director of Strategic Campaigns and Civic Communications Director for MoveOn.org.