Constitutional amendment marriage; marriage (first reference). (SJ216)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law

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 (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." The provisions of this section of the Constitution of Virginia are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015). Read the Bill »

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
07/18/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100124D
07/18/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2017Assigned to P&E sub: Constitutional Amendments
01/31/2017Committee substitute printed 17104944D-S1
01/31/2017Incorporates SJ216 (Locke)
01/31/2017Passed by indefinitely in Privileges and Elections with letter (8-Y 6-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SJ2, SJ9 and SJ32.

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia supports this resolution that would begin the process of repealing the discriminatory marriage limitation provision now in the Virginia constitution. An identical resolution would have to pass in the 2018 session of the General Assembly, before the issue can be presented to the voters in 2018.