The proposed amendment would delete the provision found to be unconstitutional.
There are three measures on the Virginia ballot this year. One of them is the ridiculously far-reaching gay marriage ban that I’ve mentioned. I can’t imagine anyone who reads past the “ban gay marriage” part will vote for it. If your knee-jerk reaction is “I must vote against gay marriage”, you might support it, but you’d be making a mistake. I’m not going to argue why I support gay marriage, I will just say that this particular ban is similar to destroying a thirty story office building because you didn’t like the color of the eighth-floor bathroom. Measure two simply removes a section that has been found unconstitutional. It changes no law - the law has already been changed. Why we have to vote on this, I don’t know. Measure three would expand permissible tax relief for “new structures and improvements located in a conservation, redevelopment, or rehabilitation area”. I’m not sure I like that. On one hand, it seems to allow tax breaks for someone who might want to rehabilitate an old house, or perhaps put in a new retaining wall to protect a stream. These things seem fine with me. But wouldn’t this also open the door for tax breaks if someone wants to buy a little house in an old neighborhood and tear it down to put up a McMansion? It seems like it, again, is too broad. I might be missing the point, but my initial reaction is that the potential benefits are less than the potential abuse. If someone wants to correct me, please do.