Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference). (SJ251)

Introduced By

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


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 The provisions of this section of the Constitution of Virginia are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015).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


Bill Has Failed


07/16/2018Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/19 19100121D
07/16/2018Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/09/2019Incorporates SJ279
01/09/2019Failed to report (defeated) in Privileges and Elections (7-Y 7-N) (see vote tally)
01/09/2019Committee substitute printed to LIS Only 19104458D-S1
01/09/2019Incorporates SJ279 (Edwards)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SJ279.