Constitutional amendment; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition (submitting to qualified voters). (HB605)

Introduced By

Del. Mark Sickles (D-Alexandria)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Constitutional amendment (voter referendum); marriage; repeal of same-sex marriage prohibition; affirmative right to marry. Provides for a referendum at the November 8, 2022, election to approve or reject an amendment that would repeal the constitutional provision defining marriage as only a union between a man and woman as well as the related provisions that are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 (2015).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 »


Bill Has Failed


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103357D
01/11/2022Referred to Committee on Privileges and Elections
01/27/2022Impact statement from DPB (HB605)
02/07/2022Assigned P & E sub: Subcommittee #1
02/08/2022Subcommittee recommends passing by indefinitely (6-Y 4-N)
02/15/2022Left in Privileges and Elections