Julian Bond published an editorial in the Roanoke (VA, US) Times under the title, “Virginia is no longer for lovers” in which he clearly and thoroughly explains why he advocates the defeat of efforts to add “marriage amendments” to the federal constitution and Virginia by-laws.
Many gays and lesbians worked side by side with me in the ’60s civil rights movement. Am I to now tell them, “Thanks for risking life and limb to help win my rights,” but allow their exclusion because of a condition of their birth? Having accepted and embraced them as partners in a common struggle, can I now turn my back on them and deny them rights they helped me win? Not a chance.
You can read the entire editorial here. Meanwhile, my thanks to Professor Bond for standing up on this issue.