Virginia Gubernatorial Candidate Terry McAuliffe Reiterates Marriage Equality Support at Equality Dinner

Virginia gubernatorial candidate and former DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe told attendees at an Equality Virginia dinner on Saturday that he supports marriage equality but would not prioritize repealing the 2006 consittutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in the state and instead focus on the economy, the Times Dispatch reports:

Mcauliffe“We just went through this process here seven years ago; it’s in the constitution,” McAuliffe said in an interview at the 10th annual Commonwealth Dinner hosted by Equality Virginia, one of the state’s advocacy groups for gay rights, at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.

However, McAuliffe said he would not tolerate any form of discrimination in the commonwealth. “We’ve got to make sure that Virginia is open and welcoming to everybody,” McAuliffe said.

McAuliffe said he made the decision to back same-sex marriage in February after discussing the issue with his wife. “A lot of the debate around ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ really enlightened me,” he said.

The Washington Blade adds:

He also sought to differentiate himself from Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli who last week asked the 4th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond to review a three-judge panel’s decision in March that struck down Virginia’s sodomy law.


  1. Hagatha says

    Why re we dealing with these same tired old hacks? Isn’t it time for the entire Clinton and Obama gang to graciously walk off into the sunset?

  2. Peter M. says

    Huh? He supports same-sex marriage and will not tolerate any form of discrimination in the commonwealth but repealing the anti-gay constitutional amendment is not a priority for him?
    Translation: Please LGBT’s give me money and votes and you’ll receive some lip service in return.
    What a jerk.

  3. says

    Jerk, perhaps, but if Cuccinelli gets elected Governor it will set the entire state back at least 100 years. I’ll take lip service any day over someone who would, if he had his way, round up gay people and send them off somewhere.

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