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provision defining marriage as only a union between a man and woman as well as the related provisions that are no longer valid as a result of the United States Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, 576 U.S. 644 (2015).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


01/11/2022: In Committee


01/11/2022Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/12/22 22103357D


ChangeServant, tracking this bill in Photosynthesis, notes:

Ask your Senator and Delegate to vote FOR this resolution that authorizes a referendum on a constitutional amendment that would repeal a provision limiting marriage to a man and a woman and assuring marriage equality going forward. The language of the proposed amendment protects religious organizations (already protected by the 1st Amendment to the federal constitution) from being required to perform marriages in violation of their beliefs.

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