Tim Kaine Underwhelms Me [UPDATED]
by daninvirginia, Tue Apr 11, 2006 at 06:10:24 AM EDT
Alas, Tim Kaine continues to fail me.
He never replied to my letter to him months ago, and he now has failed me deeply. He could veto the bills and force the Legislature to override him, taking a meaningful stand that will put him on the right side of history. Alas, he is swayed by his future political ambitions... he intends to be Senator at some point, or maybe governor again after this term.
RICHMOND, April 10 -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine (D) said Monday that he will vote against a proposed constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage when it appears before Virginians in November because it could have far-reaching consequences for all unmarried couples in the state.
In a symbolic and rare action, the governor refused to sign the bill that places the language of the amendment on the Nov. 7 ballot, indicating that he opposes the measure but believes it should come before the electorate.
State law bans same-sex unions, but supporters of the constitutional amendment say it is necessary to clarify that Virginia is not compelled to recognize same-sex marriages or civil arrangements permitted in other states.
Yes, Tim, why on earth would we want to be fair and reasonable, and LEAD this state, swaying people with meaningful, convincing arguments? Is this not what you were elected to do?
I remain thoroughly and utterly disappointed in Tim.Update [2006-4-14 9:2:0 by daninvirginia]:I correct myself. Tim could not veto this bill, the governor has no authority to veto a propsed constitutional amendment. The best he can do is refuse to sign it and say publicly that he will vote against it. I'd like to see him campaign against it tho. That would show guts and leadership. *sigh*