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Students for Marriage Launches in Virginia

September 13th, 2006


Effort Set On Passage of the November Ballot Initiative

F O R   I M M E D I A T E   R E L E A S E

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
(540) 338-8727


PURCELLVILLE - This fall, students at Patrick Henry College and other campuses across the Commonwealth of Virginia have diverted their attention from their usual Fall routines to rally support for an initiative to protect traditional marriage. Their focus is the upcoming November 7th election, when Virginians will vote on a constitutional amendment aimed at defending marriage defined as between one man and one woman. With direction and leadership provided by students of Patrick Henry College, college students across the state are getting involved. Students for Marriage

“I am excited to announce the formation of Students-for-Marriage,” said PHC junior, Nick Timpe, the State Director for Students for Marriage. “As this new organization joins hands with other proponents of the marriage amendment, I am hopeful that our efforts will help bring about great success in November.”

The goal of Students-for-Marriage is threefold: first, to inform the public about Ballot Question #1 on the November ballot, otherwise known as the Marshall-Newman Marriage Amendment; second, to get out the vote and, finally, to show Virginians that college students do, in fact, care about preserving traditional marriage in the United States. While college campuses are often accurately perceived as bastions of liberalism, with many openly hostile to traditional values, Students-for-Marriage is, according to Timpe, a conservative voice of reason at the university level.

“To achieve our goals, we look forward to holding parades and hosting marriage rallies on campuses across the state,” he said, noting that the debating prowess of Patrick Henry College forensics team will be put to use at some of the rallies. There, he said, PHC students will engage liberals from other campuses in the debate over traditional marriage and, specifically, the merits of the Marriage Amendment. A host of other activities are planned, including voter awareness outreach projects, transportation services to regional events, and the statewide networking of churches.

Working in conjunction with The Family Foundation’s VA4Marriage.org campaign, Timpe is among a coalition of PHC students dedicated to organizing local and regional chapters for Students-for-Marriage on college campuses across the state. As new chapters emerge, student coordinators on other campuses tap into VA4marriage.org’s pre-existing grassroots structure, expanding the platform for public awareness and activism. At present, said Timpe, students from 20 campuses are forming chapters. Participating campus include:

Bridgewater College Christendom College
College of William and Mary Emory and Henry College
George Mason University Hampton Sydney College
Hollins University James Madison University
Liberty University Longwood University
Mary Baldwin College Patrick Henry College
Randolph Macon College Randolph-Macon Women’s College
Regent University Roanoke College
Shenandoah University Sweet Briar College
University of Virginia Virginia Tech

Opposition groups such as “The ‘Vote No’ coalition, however, have vowed to defeat the Marriage Amendment, and are expected to spend millions of dollars to derail the measure. According to PHC junior Caleb Dalton, Campus Coordinator for Students-for-Marriage, “opponents will have outspent supporters of the amendment by 10 to 1 by election day. Still,” he notes, “the greatest obstacle to passing the Amendment is apathy among the conservative ranks, fed by the assumption that the Amendment will pass without effort. This is the issue which Students-for-Marriage was made to address.”

For more information about Students-for-Marriage, contact Nick Timpe: