As our state's Catholic bishops succinctly put it:
On November 7th, Virginia voters will have an opportunity to decide whether to adopt a state constitutional amendment that would affirm marriage as “a union betweenone man and one woman” and draw a clear distinction between the public institution of marriage and other voluntary relationships. This ballot question has profound significance for the future of the family, the most fundamental social structure of our society...
the marital bond is very different than any other voluntary relationship because of its stability, the environment it provides for the development of families, and the protection it accords spouses and children. Through marriage, two equal but sexually
different persons give themselves and their complementarity to each other for a lifetime, for the benefit of each other and their family; by their pledge of lifelong fidelity, theyprovide the most stable conditions for bringing children into the world and raising them; by their sexual difference, they provide their children the full range of human nurturing that comes by being raised by a mother and a father.
If Virginians want marriage to be re-written by unelected, effectively unaccountable judges, vote "no" to this amendment. If they want to decide to affirm the nature of marriage and place it beyond the reach of social engineers, especially those wearing black robes, vote "yes."
It's as simple as that.