Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference). (SJ3)

Introduced By

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

Progress

Introduced
Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate

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 The provisions of this section of the Constitution of Virginia are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015).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

Outcome

Bill Has Failed

History

DateAction
11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20100590D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/21/2020Continued to 2021 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SJ7.

Comments

Nathanael Hirt writes:

It should read that a marriage is, "only a union between one man and one woman." While I respect the LBGTQ+ community, I also believe in the Bible which says that only a man and a women should be married to eachother and you shouldn't have relations with persons of your own gender, of which there are only two.

Fred Woehrle writes:

This resolution is long overdue. And what possible reason can there be to keep a provision deemed unconstitutional by the Supreme Court?

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