Gender-neutral terms; assisted conception, prohibitions on same-sex marriage and civil unions, etc. (HB1701)

Introduced By

Del. Marcus Simon (D-Falls Church) with support from co-patron Del. Sam Rasoul (D-Roanoke)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Gender-neutral terms; assisted conception; prohibitions on same-sex marriage and civil unions; certain gender-specific crimes; penalty. Replaces the terms "husband" and "wife" as well as related terms with gender neutral terms throughout the Code to comport with the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015). The bill makes the relevant law regarding children born as a result of assisted conception applicable to both same-sex and opposite-sex married couples. The bill also repeals the statutory prohibitions on same-sex marriages and civil unions or other arrangements between persons of the same sex purporting to bestow the privileges and obligations of marriage, and makes conforming changes to various laws involving married individuals and their rights stemming from marriage. Further, the bill makes applicable to all persons, regardless of the gender of the victim, the crimes of (i) assisting or aiding in the abduction of or threatening to abduct a female under 16 years of age for the purpose of concubinage or prostitution, (ii) placing or leaving one's wife in a bawdy place, and (iii) defaming the chaste character of a female. The bill provides that a defendant placed on probation may be ordered to provide support for the defendant's spouse; currently, the law only provides for support of a defendant's wife. The bill also amends various criminal and criminal procedure laws to make them applicable to both same-sex and opposite-sex married couples. Finally, the bill repeals the crime of adultery. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/12/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100105D
12/12/2018Impact statement from VCSC (HB1701)
12/12/2018Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/21/2019Impact statement from DPB (HB1701)
02/05/2019Left in Courts of Justice