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The Sacred Space of Lovers — the Op/Ed

This is the piece I wrote about toward the end of the article I posted here yesterday. It's a piece that ran in the...

Medicaid Expansion is a Family and Moral Value

Last night in Staunton at a vigil coordinated by Virginia Organizing for Medicaid expansion in Virginia, Reverend David Rochford made the case for expansion on the basis of faith. There is a reconciliation required because those who oppose claim to be fighting for "family values." Someone is a hypocrite.

Reverend Rochford emphasized that Virginia has been at the center of media attention for the last couple of days. This is nothing new. He pointed out that Virginia moved from the solid south into the bellwether state category some time ago. It serves as a leading indicator of trends in the country as a whole. He argued that Virginia is a pragmatic state and that explains why the electorate settles on politicians like John Warner and Mark Warner who can be out of step with their own parties so long as they represent the interest of their constituencies.

"I say we view this as a family issue and a personal issue." - Reverend David Rochford

Making a stand for his own constituency, a constituency of faith, Rochford stated that he represents the interest of "just people." Rochford believes that people are worth hearing from and that even people who are not part of a particular faith tradition "feel deeply and passionately about the same things that I do as a Christian."

"Only God made you. But people make corporations, and corporations are heard from." - Reverend David Rochford