Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference). (SJ1)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)

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 The provisions of this section of the Constitution of Virginia are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015).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

Status

11/20/2017: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee

History

DateAction
11/20/2017Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/10/18 18101138D
11/20/2017Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/16/2018Continued to 2019 in Privileges and Elections (14-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: HJ7.

Comments

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

The ACLU of Virginia strongly supports this resolution that would initiate the process to repeal the constitutional amendment that bars same-sex marriages.