With all of the problems that we have here in the commonwealth, it’s pathetic that the House and the Senate wasted Monday’s session on the matter of customized license plates. These branded plates are stupid — it’s a free expression lawsuit against the state just waiting to happen, and extremist Republicans keep introducing bills for divisive political plates.
With only a week left to act on all legislation introduced by their respective members, the House and Senate yesterday argued over matters ranging from “traditional marriage” license plates to state budget procedures.
The House of Delegates squabbled before tentatively endorsing the special state plates that would include the capital-letter words “TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE,” as well as a symbol, two interlocked golden wedding bands over a red heart.
Del. L. Scott Lingamfelter, R-Prince William, who sponsored the legislation, said it would merely embrace 4,000 years of history on marriage and show children that “traditional marriage is fundamental.”
There were attempts to amend the bill so that the plates would say, simply, “Marriage,” but that failed, unsurprisingly. It’s simple viewpoint discrimination.
What Lingamfelter and company are going for here is clear, particularly in light of some Republicans’ opposition to most forms of sex. So, in the spirit of just cutting to the chase, here’s my proposed plate:
I hope that Del. Lingamfelter will introduce a bill in the 2006 session to protect this precious freedom. After all, gays have eroded the right to marriage so much that it’s just about ruined for us straights. Every time they get married, they use up a little bit of our collective ability to get married. When they go having that gay sex, they’re using up sex, too! Somebody stop them!
11:22pm Update: I suggest to the thousands of people reading this blog entry that they visit the website of my PAC, Virginia Family Values. The bad news is that these loopy anti-sex legislators do stupid things in Virginia. The good news is that Virginia Family Values PAC is stopping them. Tossing a few bucks towards the PAC will get these guys out of office, and, as you can see, we’ll all have fun in the process.