Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference). (SJ7)

Introduced By

Sen. John Edwards (D-Roanoke)


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 The provisions of this section of the Constitution of Virginia are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. ___ (June 26, 2015).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


11/18/2019: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee


11/18/2019Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/08/20 20101155D
11/18/2019Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections

Duplicate Bills

The following bills are identical to this one: SJ3.


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.

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