Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference). (HJ638)

Introduced By

Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


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: (i) defined marriage as "only a union between one man and one woman"; (ii) 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 (iii) 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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/12/2011Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/11 11100720D
01/12/2011Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2011Assigned P & E sub: #1 Constitutional
01/31/2011Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely
02/08/2011Left in Privileges and Elections


Equality Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Equality Virginia supports full marriage equality and the repeal of the so-called Marshall Newman amendment which prohibits recognition of any relationship other than traditional marriage between one man and one woman.

Martha Wood writes:

I whole heartedly support this bill. Repeal of the abhorant amendment from Virginia's constitution would go a long way to reinstate our status of being a good place to live and show that we truly believe in that part of the Pledge of Allegiance that states "liberty and justice for ALL". I applaud Del.Englin for carrying this bill.

People of Faith for Equality in Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Support (We will always be present and fighting for the repeal of the marriage amendment, but from the current makeup of the committee we will realistically be spending the bulk of our efforts on other bills this year)