Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. (HJ492)

Introduced By

Del. Rob Krupicka (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

Description

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 amendment 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 »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
08/13/2014Committee
08/13/2014Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/14/15 15100117D
08/13/2014Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/13/2015Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
02/10/2015Left in Privileges and Elections

Comments

Secular Coalition for Virginia, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The Secular Coalition of Virginia supports this bill and all efforts to correct discrimination against the gay community currently codified in Virginia law.

ACLU-VA LGBT Rights, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

The ACLU of Virginia supports this resolution that would begin the process of amending the Virginia constitution to repeal the discriminatory provision that limits marriage to one man and one woman and bans all recognition of same sex relationships.