Constitutional amendment (first resolution); marriage. (SJ220)

Introduced By

Sen. Mamie Locke (D-Hampton) with support from co-patron Sen. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth)


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 The provisions of this section of the Constitution of Virginia are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015).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


01/31/2017: Incorporated into Another Bill


08/02/2016Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/11/17 17100230D
08/02/2016Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2017Assigned to P&E sub: Constitutional Amendments
01/31/2017Incorporated by Privileges and Elections (SJ216-Ebbin) (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)


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.

Sarah Williams writes:

This bill should pass. Where freedom of religion is actual, the Commonwealth should not be involved in saying that a union is or may be blessed by God. The belief of same sex partners that their union is blessed by God should not be regarded as less than that same belief held by partners of different sexual orientation.