Constitutional amendment; marriage (first reference). (SJ270)

Introduced By

Sen. Adam Ebbin (D-Alexandria) with support from co-patrons Del. Betsy Carr (D-Richmond), Del. Kaye Kory (D-Falls Church), Sen. Jennifer Boysko (D-Herndon), Sen. Barbara Favola (D-Arlington), and Sen. Scott Surovell (D-Mount Vernon)


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provision defining marriage as only a union between one man and one woman as well as the related provisions that are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 (2015).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. Read the Bill »


02/15/2021: Passed the House


07/20/2020Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/13/21 21100202D
07/20/2020Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/04/2021Senate committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections with substitute (9-Y 4-N 2-A) (see vote tally)
02/04/2021Committee substitute printed 21100733D-S1
02/04/2021Reading waived (38-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Read second time
02/05/2021Reading of substitute waived
02/05/2021Committee substitute agreed to (19-Y 19-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Chair votes Yea
02/05/2021Engrossed by Senate - committee substitute SJ270S1
02/05/2021Title replaced 21100733D-S1
02/05/2021Reading waived (37-Y 0-N) (see vote tally)
02/05/2021Agreed to by Senate (24-Y 12-N) (see vote tally)
02/07/2021Placed on Calendar
02/07/2021Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
02/08/2021Continued to Special Session 1 in Privileges and Elections
02/10/2021Reported from Privileges and Elections (14-Y 8-N) (see vote tally)
02/15/2021Taken up
02/15/2021Agreed to by House (60-Y 37-N)
02/15/2021VOTE: Adoption (60-Y 37-N) (see vote tally)
03/09/2021Bill text as passed Senate and House (SJ270ER)
03/31/2021Assigned Chapter 518 (effective 7/1/21)
03/31/2021G Acts of Assembly Chapter text (CHAP0518)

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