Constitutional amendment; removes same-sex marriage prohibition. (HJ539)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Levine (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first reference); marriage; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition; recognition of same-sex marriages. Repeals the constitutional provision defining marriage as only a union between one man and one woman, as well as the related provisions that are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 (2015). The amendment provides that the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions and its agents are required to issue marriage licenses, recognize marriages, and treat all marriages equally under the law, regardless of the gender of the two parties to the marriage. The amendment further provides that religious organizations and clergy acting in their religious capacity have the right to refuse to perform any marriage. Read the Bill »


01/14/2021: Awaiting a Vote in the Privileges and Elections Committee


01/11/2021Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21101372D
01/11/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/14/2021Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments

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