Constitutional amendment; marriage may exist only between a man and woman. (SB526)

Introduced By

Sen. Steve Newman (R-Forest)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); marriage. Provides for a referendum at the November 2006 election on approval of a proposed constitutional amendment to define marriage. The proposed amendment provides that "only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions." The proposed amendment also prohibits the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage." Further, the proposed amendment prohibits the Commonwealth or its political subdivisions from creating or recognizing "another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage." This bill is identical to HB 101. Read the Bill »


03/16/2006: Passed the General Assembly


01/11/2006Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/06 063212776
01/11/2006Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/17/2006Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (11-Y 3-N)
01/19/2006Constitutional reading dispensed (39-Y 0-N)
01/19/2006VOTE: (39-Y 0-N)
01/20/2006Passed by for the day
01/23/2006Passed by for the day
01/24/2006Read second time
01/24/2006Passed by temporarily
01/24/2006Floor amendment by Senator Whipple proposed but not acted upon
01/24/2006Reading of amendment waived
01/24/2006Committee amendment agreed to
01/24/2006Engrossed by Senate as amended SB526E
01/24/2006Printed as engrossed 063212776-E
01/25/2006Read third time and passed Senate (28-Y 11-N)
01/25/2006VOTE: (28-Y 11-N)
01/25/2006Communicated to House
01/27/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB526)
02/07/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB526E)
02/13/2006Placed on Calendar
02/13/2006Read first time
02/13/2006Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
03/03/2006Reported from Privileges and Elections with amendment (21-Y 1-N)
03/06/2006Read second time
03/07/2006Read third time
03/07/2006Committee amendment agreed to
03/07/2006Engrossed by House as amended
03/07/2006Passed House with amendment (85-Y 12-N)
03/07/2006VOTE: PASSAGE (85-Y 12-N)
03/09/2006House amendment agreed to by Senate (37-Y 0-N)
03/09/2006VOTE: (37-Y 0-N)
03/15/2006Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB526ER)
03/15/2006Fiscal impact statement from DPB (SB526ER)
03/15/2006Signed by Speaker
03/16/2006Signed by President
04/10/2006Bill became law without Governor's signature, Chapter 828 (effective 7/1/06)
04/17/2006G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0828)