Image via WikipediaWith just weeks left to his term, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine has decided to extend insurance benefits to same-sex partners of state employees. According to an editorial in Monday's Roanoke Times:
The Roanoke Times goes on to say that extending the rights of LGBT state workers "smacks of political gamesmanship". In making this bold move, Kain, like Obama, is "throwing a bone" to the commonwealth's liberals, while leaving incoming governot-elect Bob McDonnell in an awkward position with his conservative base. It remains to be seen how McDonnell will react. Will he take away the health insurance coverage based on the constitutional ban on same-sex marriage?
The Virginia Marriage Amendment also bans any contractual arrangements which attempt to grant any of the same rights as marriage. I'll keep you posted.