Constitutional amendment; repealing amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum. (HJ657)

Introduced By

Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

Description

Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. Proposes the repeal of the constitutional amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum at the November 2006 election. That amendment to the Bill of Rights (1) defined marriage as "only a union between one man and one woman," (2) prohibited 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," and (3) prohibited 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." Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
01/06/2009Committee
01/06/2009Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/09 095526500
01/06/2009Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/15/2009Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional
01/26/2009Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/10/2009Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

Frederick B. Wayne writes:

As Leonard Matlovich wrote in his autobiography: the army gave me the Medal of Honor for killing a man, but they discharged me for loving one.

The ability to love is a gift from God. How is society harmed by a same sex couple being united in a legally sanctioned relationship?

I applaud your leadership in seeking the repeal of this punitive ammendment. The constitution is mean to expand rights, not abridge them.

Anne Haynes writes:

Thank you for leading the effort for equality. All people should have the freedom to associate and love whom ever they want without any state interference! Thank you, I hope it passes!

Cathie Stivers writes:

thank you! I heard that, after the "Marriage Amendment" passed the 2nd time, a number of legislators who voted FOR it two times in a row learned what it REALLY did to discriminated against all unmarried Virginians, and they said that if they had known that, they wouldn't have supported it. Some even said they would support a bill to reverse it. It's time to get that ball rolling again, and I THANK YOU for doing so!

Amy Royall writes:

Did you know that in countries where homosexual marriage is legal 96% of homosexuals refuse to get married??? So why are they pushing for it here when the majority don't even want to get married?

I think it's just another example of how our eyes are being clouded and we can no longer see right from wrong. I became a Christian two years ago, and my life is proof that God is real, the King of the Universe. He has shown His Word to be true over and over throughout my life. His Word says homosexuality is perversion, wrong, not His will which is why i take the stance that i do.

For all you non-believers, i hope you agree wiht me that it will corrupt children. I don't want my future kids to grow up and think that homosexuality is normal because it's not.

Amy Royall writes:

To answer Frederick B. Wayne

God does want us to love, yes, but your missing the rest... God wants us to love the sinner but hate the sin. He plainly says homosexuality is a sin in the Bible.

If you are going to accept one part of his doctrine, love, you must accept it all.

He gives us his Word as a guide through life. He knows what will make us the happiest. Sin brings pleasure, for a time, and then follows with destruction. God wants to bless his children with a lifetime of contentment, joy, and peace.

I know that by following his Word as closely as i can that i am avoiding many of the hardships caused by sin. i encouage you to look this topic up on biblegateway.com

Waldo Jaquith writes:

Did you know that in countries where homosexual marriage is legal 96% of homosexuals refuse to get married??? So why are they pushing for it here when the majority don't even want to get married?

Did you know that in the United States, where heterosexual marriage is legal, 46% of heterosexuals refuse to get married??? So why are they pushing for it here when 95.7 million don't even want to get married?

I know that by following his Word as closely as i can that i am avoiding many of the hardships caused by sin. i encouage you to look this topic up on biblegateway.com

I'm so glad that you mentioned that, Amy. I know you'll support my bill making it illegal to manufacture or wear any clothing made of blended fabrics, since Leviticus 19:19 prohibits it, prescribing death for anybody who does so. Accordingly, I believe we should have a death penalty for folks who wear cotton/polyester blends. Thanks so much for your support of this important legislation, Amy! Next year we'll no doubt work together on banning clocks (Leviticus 19:26) and beard-trimming (Leviticus 19:27). "Follow his Word as closely as [you] can"!

Julie Noble writes:

Waldo, you're exactly right.

And Amy, you are a Christian who is picking and choosing what you want to follow in the bible. If you don't want to associate yourself with people who are homosexual, don't. But you can't force your religious beliefs into the state law. All humans deserve the right to live their lives according to their believes not your god. That's the beauty of choice.