Last edited: December 05, 2004

Whatever happened to truth in advertising?

Several years ago, Virginia retired its plantation-era state song. Recently, the legislature finally got around to expressing regret for the role the state played in eugenics, imitated by Nazi Germany. And the governor renamed Confederate History Month. So it’s time the state got rid of its antediluvian laws governing what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedrooms. Even the conservative Richmond daily newspaper thinks so.

Have you ever heard of the state’s tourism slogan, "Virginia is for lovers"? Whatever happened to truth in advertising? The fact is, lots of what lovers do are felonies in Virginia. It’s even illegal to live together if you’re not married.

These laws are enforced selectively and arbitrarily. They oppress heterosexuals, gays, and everyone in between. Regardless of personal persuasion or morality, this is not an area in which government should get involved.

You can help remove what Thomas Jefferson called the "dead hand of the past" Write the leaders of the state legislature, the General Assembly, and tell them Virginia is not for lovers. Let them know you won’t visit Virginia until it truly is for lovers.

John H. Hager
President of the Senate
Office of the Lieutenant Governor
900 East Main St.
Richmond, VA 23219

S. Vance Wilkins
Speaker of the House
P.O. Box 469
Amherst, VA 24521

Virginia Is Not For Lovers
P.O. Box 11242
Richmond, VA 23230

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