Originally Posted by davidcom
hopefully people in Va (especially Northern VA) will wise up and see the connections.
We're outnumbered by the rest of the state.
In the recent vote on the marriage amendment, Northern Virginia, Albemarle (where UVA is), Richmond City and bits and pieces down near Norfolk voted against, and everyone else voted for. The power of Falwell and Robertson here (they're both based here) is extreme, and the influence on the General Assembly is extreme.
Having said that, if this even does come to a big political issue in the Assembly, it's extremely unlikely that the law would be changed in this way. There would be hell to pay politically for the legislature to do this without some kind of referendum. And a referendum would be unlikely to generate the same participation from the fundamentalists and other conservative evangelicals as a vote on gay issues (nothing gets them more motivated than the opportunity to cast their vote against gays, so that they can get on God's good side in terms of the way they look at Sodom and Gomorrah).
So while I think it's a thoroughly regrettable idea from these folks, I doubt they have anything near the political traction on this issue that they did on the anti-gay vote last November.