Same-sex marriages; civil unions. (SB17)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patron Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Same-sex marriages; civil unions. 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. These prohibitions are no longer valid due to the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015). This bill incorporates SB 39 and is identical to HB 1490. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Passed


11/18/2019Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100591D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on the Judiciary
01/08/2020Moved from Courts of Justice to Judiciary due to a change of the committee name
01/15/2020Reported from Judiciary with substitute (9-Y 5-N) (see vote tally)
01/15/2020Incorporates SB39 (Edwards)
01/15/2020Committee substitute printed 20105902D-S1
01/17/2020Constitutional reading dispensed (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/20/2020Read second time
01/20/2020Reading of substitute waived
01/20/2020Committee substitute agreed to 20105902D-S1
01/20/2020Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SB17S1
01/21/2020Read third time and passed Senate (24-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2020Reconsideration of passage agreed to by Senate (39-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
01/21/2020Passed Senate (25-Y 13-N) (see vote tally)
02/12/2020Placed on Calendar
02/12/2020Read first time
02/12/2020Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/14/2020Reported from Courts of Justice (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/18/2020Read second time
02/19/2020Read third time
02/19/2020Passed House (62-Y 38-N)
02/19/2020VOTE: Passage (62-Y 38-N) (see vote tally)
02/24/2020Bill text as passed Senate and House (SB17ER)
02/24/2020Signed by Speaker
02/25/2020Signed by President
02/28/2020Enrolled Bill Communicated to Governor on February 28, 2020
02/28/2020G Governor's Action Deadline 11:59 p.m., March 6, 2020
03/06/2020G Approved by Governor-Chapter 195 (effective 7/1/20)
03/06/2020G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0195)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SB39.


Fred Woehrle writes:

This bill makes sense and seems like a no-brainer, especially after the Obergefell decision. I wonder why anyone voted against it at Richmond Sunlight. The public does not want the statutory prohibition, either.