As tallied so far in the Virginia Senate race 1,172,020 people voted for Democrat Jim Webb. 1,165,109 million people voted for George Allen. 1,325,668 people voted in favor to amend the Virginia constitution to protect the Commonwealth from gay marriage. 1,003,967 people voted to leave the constitution alone.
This wasn't one of those run of the mill marriage equals one man and one woman amendments. Ever wordy in its laws, the Commonwealth added the following:
"This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage."?
Now that's really going the extra mile. (I especially like the ? mark at the end). That's not like--hey, you have to sit at the back of the bus. . . it's a little more like you can't sit anywhere on the bus, oh and if you try and build your own bus, well you can't get on that either.
My point. About 315,000 people had enough sense to vote against George Allen, but not against this amendment. Now I'll knock out some religious independents and pissed off Republicans. That still has to leave a good chunk of run of the mill Democrats who in the privacy of the voting booth elected to say, well maybe on this one little issue, I do have a little Jerry Falwell in me.