Sunday, June 20, 2004

LA Times' take on new Virginia law dealing with same-sex contracts

The LA Times (registration required) has this article ("Major Reversal in Gay Rights Looms in Virginia," 6/20/04) which begins:

"When it comes to adapting state laws to reflect social change — such as women's suffrage, school desegregation and gay rights — Virginia has always been a laggard."

Regarding the new statute, the article says:

"Critics say the law — which takes effect July 1 and reaffirms the state's ban on gay and lesbian marriage — could negate powers of attorney, wills, leases, child-custody arrangements, joint bank accounts and health insurance granted by companies that recognize domestic partnerships."

The article doesn't say what are the other interpretations of the new law, which goes into effect July 1.

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