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Old 02-01-2005, 03:30 PM   #1
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Normal Oh jeez...what a day to be a Virginian.

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House approves marriage license plates
BY MICHAEL HARDY
TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITER
Tuesday, February 1, 2005
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With more than 1,100 bills still awaiting action by next Tuesday, the House of Delegates today endorsed a measure for the state to issue special license plates for supporters of traditional marriage.

Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Prince William, who sponsored the measure, pointed out that the plate would "send a message to the people of Virginia that we're not ashamed of traditional marriage."

The chamber's 62-35 vote of approval -- it now goes to the Senate for its consideration -- came after opponents claimed it would trivialize the issue and put the state in the precarious legal position of endorsing a viewpoint on marriage.

"It takes us into unchartered territory of license-land," Del. Robert H. Brink, D-Arlingtion, argued.

Why not issue plates endorsing healthy lifestyles or a "considerate driver license plate?" he asked.

The TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE plate, showing two interlocked golden wedding bands over a red heart, joins scores of others for supporters of everything from fox hunting to Holstein cows, he said.

"It cheapens and trivializes marriage; it's being used as a political football," in an election year for all 100 members of the House, he said.

Even Del. R. Lee Ware Jr., R-Powhatan, one of the assembly's more conservative members, voted against the measure. "You trivialize it to reduce it to a license plate," he said, referring to proposed constitutional amendements to limit marriage to a union between a man and a woman.

And without debate, the House voted 73-25 to allow local school boards to authorize the transportation of youngsters to private schools on public school buses.

The Senate will have until the scheduled adjournment of the General Assembly on Feb. 26 to act on the measure.
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Oh good lord.

That's fucking ridiculous.

You know what? Let's just fucking get rid of democracy.
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Oooohhhh, maybe they'll issue a parallel plate with a picture of Jude Law and Johnny Depp making out.

THAT would be hot.
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Segregate the water fountains! That would send a message to the people that we're not ashamed of traditional water fountain segregation.

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What other "specialty" plates are available in Virginia?
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Hope they make a traditional divorce plate soon after.
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What other "specialty" plates are available in Virginia?
There are TONS. I have a Jamestown one on my car, some of the money goes to restoration. My parents have UNC specialty plates, some of the money goes to the school. There are many more.
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The description of the plate sounds pro-marriage (and, as a married guy, I think marriage is a good thing).

It's not like it is a picture of two stick figure guys in tuxedos with a circle and line through it....
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The description of the plate sounds pro-marriage (and, as a married guy, I think marriage is a good thing).

It's not like it is a picture of two stick figure guys in tuxedos with a circle and line through it....
I think given the current political temperature and the fact that marriage is exclusive the message is a little obvious.
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Given the vast number of specialty plates in support of various things, what would be an acceptable "marriage" plate?
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Given the vast number of specialty plates in support of various things, what would be an acceptable "marriage" plate?
Honestly I think the idea is ridiculous to begin with.

I think the fact that one is married would exhibit that they are pro marriage.
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Oooohhhh, maybe they'll issue a parallel plate with a picture of Jude Law and Johnny Depp making out.

THAT would be hot.
hells yeah. or russel crowe and clive owen for those of us into the more masculine look.

wow, i was going to post this exact same article, but looks like u2democrat beat me to it.

fucking astonishing. really -- is there nothing else going on in VA worth debating over?

Virginia, 2005 will look in 40 years the way Mississippi in 1964 looks today. history is on our side; soon enough, gay people will finally be recognized for who they are -- living, breathing, human beings with lives and loves as worthy as anyone else's -- and this second class citizenship status will be tossed into the dustbin of history. Virginia is on the wrong side of history ... and not for the first time, either ...
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