Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference). (SJ5)

Introduced By

Sen. Janet Howell (D-Reston) with support from co-patron Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church)


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) defines marriage as "only a union between one man and one woman"; (ii) 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"; and (iii) 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." Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/04/2013Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/14 14101656D
12/04/2013Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2014Continued to 2015 in Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
12/04/2014Left in Privileges and Elections