College Voters

By: Lauren McKay
By: Lauren McKay

Virginia's college campuses are the latest battleground in the debate over same-sex marriage, but can college voters be influenced?

Some James Madison University students say they've made up their minds and don't believe they can be easily persuaded. Margaux Conelison is treasurer for James Madison University's College Democrats. Monday night Conelison attended a campus event with Bob Goodlatte that the College Republicans sponsored.

Conelison says she thinks it's good that students are being informed about election issues, but adds Goodlatte didn't give all the information on what the Marriage Amendment would do. "He is an elected leader and he speaks from a place where he should know all of the consequences and what the amendment actually does and he didn't speak on behalf of what the amendment actually stands for," says College Democrat Treasurer Margaux Conelison.

Conelison says she doesn't support the Marriage Amendment and listening to leaders who are for it, doesn't change her mind. Those in favor of the Marriage Amendment, like Freshman Liz Letchford, agree that it's good for leaders to come to campus, but she says she wouldn't be easily persuaded. "I'm a Christian and so I believe that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman. I've been stuck by my side, stuck with my views for so long, I don't think I would be influenced," says Freshman Liz Letchford.

Most of the students I spoke with feel it's good that leaders are coming to colleges because they feel it encourages younger voters to head to the polls on Election Day.


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