Constitutional amendment; fundamental right to marry, removes same-sex marriage prohibition. (HJ582)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria) with support from 7 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Mark Keam (D-Vienna), Del. Alfonso Lopez (D-Arlington), Del. Cia Price (D-Newport News), Del. Danica Roem (D-Manassas Park), Del. Suhas Subramanyam (D-Sterling), Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate


Constitutional amendment (first reference); marriage; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition; affirmative right to marry. 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provision defining marriage as only a union between one man and one woman as well as the related provisions that are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 (2015).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 right to marry is a fundamental right inherent in the liberty of persons and requires the Commonwealth and its political subdivisions and agents to issue marriage licenses, recognize marriages, and treat all marriages equally under the law, regardless of the sex or gender of the parties to the marriage. Religious organizations and clergy acting in their religious capacity have the right to refuse to perform any marriage. This resolution incorporates HJ 539 and HJ 557. Read the Bill »


02/19/2021: Passed the Senate


01/13/2021Presented and ordered printed 21102567D
01/13/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/20/2021Assigned P & E sub: Constitutional Amendments
02/01/2021Subcommittee recommends reporting with substitute (4-Y 2-N)
02/03/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/03/2021Committee substitute printed 21104282D-H1
02/03/2021Incorporates HJ539 (Levine)
02/03/2021Incorporates HJ557 (Lopez)
02/04/2021Taken up
02/04/2021Committee substitute agreed to 21104282D-H1
02/04/2021Engrossed by House - committee substitute HJ582H1
02/04/2021Agreed to by House (60-Y 33-N)
02/04/2021VOTE: Agree To (60-Y 33-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Reading waived
02/05/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/05/2021Continued to 2021 Sp. Sess. 1 in Privileges and Elections (15-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/16/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections (9-Y 4-N 1-A) (see vote tally)
02/18/2021Read second time
02/19/2021Read third time
02/19/2021Agreed to by Senate (22-Y 12-N)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed House and Senate (HJ582ER)
03/31/2021Assigned Chapter 517 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0517)