Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference). (HJ58)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. Proposes to replace the language of the constitutional amendment dealing with marriage that was approved by referendum at the November 2006 election with new language that provides that "the freedom to choose to marry another person resides with the individual, and cannot be infringed upon by this Commonwealth, except on the basis of age, kinship, or marital status, as prescribed by law." The new amendment language also requires the Commonwealth to recognize any marriage between two persons performed in any other state or jurisdiction that would be lawful in the Commonwealth and specifies that a minister or civil celebrant authorized to perform marriages in the Commonwealth does not infringe upon the rights guaranteed by the Constitution if that individual refuses to perform the marriage of any persons. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/06/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14100942D
01/06/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/12/2014Left in Privileges and Elections


Equality Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Equality Virginia supports this bill because all Virginians should enjoy the fundamental human right to marry the person they love. This resolution that is the first step toward repealing the Marshall-Newman amendment to the Virginia Constitution that denies relationship recognition to gay and lesbian couples.